When Bruce Weber took the head coaching job with the Kansas State Wildcats, he had just come off a miserable ending to his last coaching job with the Illinois Fighting Illini. Weber has taken Kansas State into the top 10 in the rankings, and will likely have the Wildcats sitting with a No. 3 or 4 seed when the NCAA Tournament begins next week.
The Wildcats are 25-6 going into the Big 12 Conference tournament this week and while Kansas State may not win the conference tournament, this should be a good chance for the team to get into one-and-done mode.
While Weber’s team did lose their final regular season game, there is something about Weber and taking teams that are close to a title into contention again. Weber did that during his time at Illinois by leading them to a national championship game.
It hasn’t hurt that Rodney McGruder has been scoring over 15 points a game to lead the team in that category. McGruder is the key to the whole success of Kansas State, and if he can spend his final games with the Wildcats leading them deep into the tournament, it is only going to make Weber look even better.
There has always been a lot of criticism towards Weber for taking talent left by other coaches and turning it into a championship team, but having no luck with his own recruits. Weber should enjoy this season as long as he can and get as much he possibly can out of the Wildcats.
This could be Weber’s best chance at getting back to the national championship game.