Kansas State Wildcats Boost 2014 NCAA Tournament Chances With Oklahoma Sooners Win

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The Kansas State Wildcats were disappointed after losing to their rivals the Kansas Jayhawks by 26 points and missing out on an opportunity to earn a marquee win for their 2014 NCAA Tournament resume. However, they didn’t let the loss slow them down as they took down fellow Big 12 competitors for a 2014 NCAA Tournament spot, the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners, 72-66.

Ryan Spangler had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Sooners to earn a double-double, but it wasn’t enough as Kansas State’s starters, Wesley Iwundu, Shane Southwell, Marcus Foster and Will Spradling, all scored in double-digits. The Wildcats were even aided by a 10-point and nine-rebound performance off the bench by Nino Williams. KSU deserved the hard-fought win on their home court.

The game between Kansas State and Oklahoma was essentially a do-or-die game for both the Wildcats and the Sooners, because the winner would take a step towards the 2014 NCAA Tournament and the loser would take a step away from it. The Big 12 is the best conference in college basketball and teams that aren’t Kansas, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Baylor Bears and Iowa State Cyclones are going to have a tough time fighting their way to the Big Dance.

Kansas State is on their way to a great season in the Big 12 with wins over Oklahoma State and now Oklahoma. Now, the focus has to turn to avoiding bad losses against the mid-range teams in the Big 12.

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

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