To be the best, you have to beat the best. That rings true for the Kansas State, as the No. 8 seeded Wildcats have to face off against the top-seeded Syracuse Orange in the Round of 32 on Saturday.
K-State survived a scare in the first round, as the Wildcats held off Southern Mississippi, edging the Golden Eagles 70-64. Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats, scoring 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting.
Syracuse survived a scare of their own in the first round, as UNC Asheville actually led the Orange by four points at the half. Syracuse's talent, though, was just too much for the sixteenth-seeded Bulldogs, as the Orange held on for a 72-65 win.
If Kansas State is going to pull off the upset and advance to the Sweet 16, they'll have to exploit Syracuse's weakness: rebounding. The Orange came into the tournament ranked No. 341 out of 345 in defensive rebounding. With Fab Melo ineligible for the duration of the tournament, Syracuse is even weaker than usual on the boards.
Not surprisingly, Kansas State comes into the game as five and a half point underdogs against the No. 1 seed.
Tip off between the Orange and Wildcats is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on CBS.
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