5 Early Predictions For Kansas State Basketball's 2014-15 Season

By Matt Johnson

5 Early Predictions For Kansas State Basketball's 2014-15 Season

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Kansas State has made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, two of which have come under the direction of coach Bruce Weber. If the Wildcats intend to keep that streak going in 2014-15, they’ll need to get big seasons from three returning starters and some promising newcomers. Here are five predictions for Kansas State heading into the season.

5. Marcus Foster will be an All-Conference selection

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5. Marcus Foster will be an All-Conference selection

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The Wildcats’ leading returning scorer, Foster had a big freshman year in 2013-14, racking up a 15.5 points-per-game scoring average. Capable of playing either guard slot, Foster is a good shooter who can also create opportunities for teammates. Expect big things from the Wildcats’ sophomore leader in 2014-15.

4. Stephen Hurt will start in the middle

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4. Stephen Hurt will start in the middle

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Hurt had a big freshman season at Lipscomb, averaging 11.5 points per game before spending last season at a junior college. The 6-foot-11 pivot adds physicality to a Kansas State front line looking to make a statement in the painted area during 2014-15.

3. Wesley Iwundu will double his scoring average from 2013-14

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3. Wesley Iwundu will double his scoring average from 2013-14

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Iwundu made a big impact during his freshman year, averaging 6.7 points per game despite only taking the fifth-most shots on the team in 2013-14. A skilled forward who can knock down the long-range shot, Iwundu figures to become a bigger part of Kansas State’s offense in 2014-15.

2. Kansas State will win at least ten Big 12 Conference games

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2. Kansas State will win at least ten Big 12 Conference games

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The Wildcats have won at least ten Big 12 games every season since 2009 and have finished in the top five of the conference standings each of those seasons. Considering the Wildcats are returning three starters from last season’s squad and welcoming a pair of former top-100 recruits in 2014-15, Kansas State’s recent run of conference successes should continue.

1. Kansas State will make the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive time

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1. Kansas State will make the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive time

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The Wildcats were recently pegged for a fourth-place conference finish by Big 12 coaches heading into the 2014-15 campaign. If Kansas State lives up to those expectations, another trip to the Big Dance awaits. The addition of frontcourt help to aid a strong backcourt should give the Wildcats enough fuel to see their name called on Selection Sunday.

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