Kansas State Wildcats Now Tied For 1st Place In Big 12 Basketball

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With the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks’ loss to the TCU Horned Frogs, the No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats have now jumped into a share of first place in the Big 12 conference wit their in-state rivals.

Kansas State (18-4, 7-2) defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 68-59, in their last time out on Tuesday. That victory has now propelled the Wildcats to three-straight wins as they now prepare for two tough, tough games before this upcoming Monday’s AP Top 25 Poll.

On Saturday, K-State will play host to the Iowa State Cyclones (16-6, 6-3) in the Octagon of Doom. The Cyclones, although not ranked, trail the Wildcats and Jayhawks by just one game in the conference standings. Iowa State took Kansas to overtime in Allen Fieldhouse several weeks ago and would have won in overtime if it wasn’t for a Ben McLemore buzzer-beating bank shot three-pointer. If that ball rattled out, Iowa State would be 7-2 in the conference and most likely would be the fourth Big 12 team ranked. Thus, the Wildcats will clearly have their hands full.

Following that contest, Kansas State will then have to travel to Lawrenceville to battle the Jayhawks on their home floor, Monday. While Kansas did just fall to TCU, they still have won 102 of their last 104 games at home. Coming off of a battle with Iowa State, the Wildcats must be prepared for a quick turn around in a game that could easily propel them into the top ten of the AP Poll.

With two challenging games in just a short span of three days, head coach Bruce Weber will have to rely on his veterans for his team to be successful.

 

Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

 

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