Kansas State will not be the favorite to win the Big 12 in the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats will also not be picked to finish second or third in the conference standings. Are they overrated or underrated entering the season?
The Wildcats are probably a little underrated entering the year, but they should be. They will have to try and find a way to replace Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez–top two leading scorers on last year’s team. Outside of those two, no one averaged in double-digits in points.
Kansas State does not have the greatest recruiting class in the world coming in and it will more than likely have a down year. However, Bruce Weber is still the head coach and some role players will be returning to the team.
Shane Southwell, Will Spradling and Thomas Gipson were all good last year. They weren’t great, but all three will be taking on greater roles in the 2013-14 season. I am not sure if those three will lead K State to the NCAA tournament, but we will have a much better idea once the season actually starts.
The Big 12 is expected to be down this year and the Wildcats losing a bunch of talent is probably a result of that.
There are five Big 12 teams that could be better than Kansas State entering the year. There is no mystery in that. So although I said in the beginning of the article that this team may be underrated, it also may be entering the season not overrated or underrated–just right.