The Kansas State Wildcats lost in their very first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. They will also be losing their two best players from last season’s team. Still, the Wildcats could be an intriguing team in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
The two leading scorers may be gone, but the next three highest scorers will be suiting up in Kansas State uniforms once again. With that said, Shane Southwell will be the highest returning scorer, with 8.4 points per game.
That may not seem like a whole lot, but the Wildcats were a defensive team last year, hence why they won 27 games on the year and only scored 69.2 points per game (127th in the nation).
If Southwell, Will Spradling and Thomas Gipson can all take over for this team, K State should be just fine. It helps that Bruce Weber is the head coach, who did a fine job in his first year with the team last season.
It is never easy finding new leaders on a basketball team, but one or more will emerge on the Wildcats in the upcoming season.
It does not help that Oklahoma State and Kansas will be good enough to compete for a national championship. As it stands, I would not be surprised if this team is picked to finish fifth in the conference standings. There is just that much talent ahead of K State for the upcoming season.
However, this team cannot be counted out and if it starts racking up some wins to start the season, the Wildcats could be an intriguing team once conference play begins.
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