Back in the second week of January, Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen said he wouldn't play in the NIT if that's where K-State ended up. At the time, it really did look like the Wildcats would be playing in the NIT as opposed to the other March Madness, the NCAA tournament. And, at the time, our resident bracketology guru agreed that K-State wouldn't make it in.
Of course, we were all wrong. K-State has since gone on a nice winning streak including five in a row and seven of their last eight games. With wins over Kansas, Missouri and Texas along the way, K-State has stamped their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
So where do the Wildcats stand in the tournament? What kind of seed can they get?
SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has his latest projection out and Kansas State is an eight seed. They're in the West bracket and would play Illinois, a No. 9 seed, in the first round. A win and they would likely be playing BYU, a No. 1 seed, in the second round.
We've mentioned several times that K-State will be a dangerous tourney team if they keep playing like this. Of the four No. 1 seeds, I think BYU would give K-State the best chance to win. If I'm K-State, I think you gotta feel good about an eight seed considering how the season went.
The Wildcats can still improve their positioning in the next couple weeks with the end of the regular season and the Big 12 tournament.