The Kansas State Wildcats already had the biggest feather in their cap this basketball season. As one of two teams to take down the mighty Missouri Tigers, the Wildcats already had the strongest argument for post-season seeding in the NCAA Tournament on their resume, but anyone who thought Frank Martin's squad was a fluke now has to think again with the Wildcats 57-56 win on the road at No. 9 Baylor today.
Before the game, Rodney McGruder admitted the team needed a boost after losing their last two and four of their last six.
"We’re in a tough spot," he told the Kansas City Star. "But there are a couple games left, so we have the opportunity to showcase what we are capable of.
The Wildcats did just that, giving a Baylor team that was preseason top five and a top Big 12 contender another loss that has to make voters scratch their heads yet again at the talent on paper versus the results on the court. McGruder himself had 15 points and went 3 for 6 from three-point territory. Angel Rodriguez added another 15 points for the Wildcats.
Before the game, the Wildcats were in danger of a low seed and tough first round pairing. While they still need to stay consistent in the final games of the regular season and have a decent conference tournament, it's clear that K-State deserves a favored seeding in the first round. And as they venture further, it will be clear at this point that no one will take them for granted.
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