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No. 2 seed Kansas St. Wildcats (27-7) VS. No. 7 seed BYU Cougars (30-5)

NCAA Tournament — Second Round
Ford Center — Oklahoma City, Okla.
Saturday, March 20 — approx. 7:10 PM CST

CBS Sports | March Madness On Demand

 

It's Wildcat Nation versus the Church of Latter-Day Saints tonight in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

All the hype the past two days has been for Jimmer Fredette, but while everyone worries about how K-State will stop him, I instead ask the following question:

How will BYU stop Denis Clemente, Curtis Kelly, Jacob Pullen and Jamar Samuels?

It's time to avenge the Cotton Bowl!

For K-State's game notes, follow the jump.

From the K-State Sports Information Department:

No. 2 seed Kansas State (27-7, 11-5 Big 12) will play No. 7 seed BYU (30-5, 13-3 Mountain West) in the West Region second round Saturday night at approximately 7:10 p.m., at Ford Center.

The winner will earn a spot in the regional semifinals, to be held Thursday, March 25, at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It will mark the team's 35th game of the season, which will tie the 2006-07 squad for the most in school history.

Starts by Denis Clemente, Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen on Saturday would give them 35 in a single season, which would tie David Hoskins (2006-07) for the most.

The Wildcats continued their school-record season for wins Thursday with their 27th in an 82-62 victory over No. 15 seed North Texas.

The win ended the Mean Green's winning streak at 11 games, which was tied for the third-longest in the country.

The squad used a balanced scoring attack, with four players in double figures, as well as a stifling defensive effort to earn their second NCAA Tournament win in the last three seasons.

The team held North Texas to its second-fewest points of the season on just 30.8-percent shooting, including just 20.8 percent in the first half, while scoring 17 points off 16 turnovers.

Senior Denis Clemente led K-State with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-7 effort from 3-point range, to go with a team-high six assists, while juniors Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen added 15 points each.

It marked the 24th time this season that at least four players scored in double figures, with the Wildcats holding a 21-3 mark in those contests.

Pullen now has scored in double figures in 34 consecutive games, while Clemente has done so 15 straight times.

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