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NCAA Basketball Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State Wildcats Still a 2014 NCAA Tournament Team Despite Loss to Kansas Jayhawks

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 25 Kansas State Wildcats went into the game against their fierce rivals, the No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks, with a lot of confidence after a 10-game winning streak that saw them beat top college basketball opposition like the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Oklahoma State Cowboys. However, they were completely outmatched and outplayed as the Jayhawks ran away with the game, 86-60.

Although Kansas State will be disappointed to have their 10-game win streak snapped and lose out in an opportunity to potentially seal their place in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, they shouldn’t be too concerned. Kansas is a top level college basketball team, and Kansas State wasn’t expected to be 12-4 this far into the season; the 2014 NCAA Tournament is still in their grasp.

The Wildcats play in the most difficult conference in college basketball. Eight teams have at least ten wins and five out of ten teams are ranked nationally. With two games against the Iowa State Cyclones and Baylor Bears, as well as rematches with Kansas and Oklahoma State remaining, Kansas State will have multiple opportunities to pull off the few upsets needed to get to the tournament.

The non-ranked Big 12 games aren’t going to be easy. The Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers still believe that they can make it to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will put up a tough fight. However, Kansas State has the experience, talent and coach to win these games and seal an unexpected place in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google