Led by Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez, who combined for 42 points, the Wildcats were able to bring home a huge victory for a program that’s just in its first year under new head coach Bruce Weber. The win also came just hours after the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks fell to the Oklahoma Sooners on the road, 72-66, propelling K-State into the outright top spot in the nation’s fifth best conference, according to RPI.
With that type of resume and a four-game winning streak entering their Monday night contest against the Jayhawks, Kansas State (19-4, 8-2) deserves to be in the Top 10 of the Associated Press’ weekly Top 25 rankings– as the Wildcats are clearly one of the best teams in the nation.
Following his team’s loss to K-State, Iowa state head coach Fred Hoiberg told reports that he believed the Wildcats were, “Not a good team, but a great team.”
Don’t great teams deserve to be in the AP Top 10?
Another factor to help Kansas State’s chances and making a three-plus spot jump in the rankings are the several top 10 teams from last week that have lost. Besides Kansas, three other teams in the top 10 from last week fell as well– all losing to unranked opponents except Ohio State.
The time is now for the nation to acknowledge that the Kansas State Wildcats are for real and here to stay. They might even be heading for a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament as well.