Kansas State is a Sweet 16--caliber team. Behind a combined 50 points on 10-for-18 three-point shooting from guards Jacob Pullen(below) and Denis Clemente, the Wildcats throttled No. 18 UNLV by 15 points on the road last Saturday to improve to 9--1 and earn a No. 17 ranking.... Jan. 2 will be a rough day for Louisville's Rick Pitino. That's when he takes his Cardinals (5--3), who are playing desultory defense and lost at home to Western Carolina, into Rupp Arena to face his former team, third-ranked Kentucky.... Expanding the tournament to 96 teams—which the NCAA is considering doing in 2011—is a bad idea. It's hard enough to make the case now that the regular season matters. It will become meaningless if 31 more teams make the tournament field.
This is an article from the Dec. 21, 2009 issue