Oh, the potential storylines. There's something to fire every Wildcat fan in the Midwest Region bracket, which is where K-State finds itself after the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship bracket reveal this evening.
The Wildcats earned the ninth seed, and they'll travel to Saint Louis for a Thursday matchup with the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. The juice? This is a rematch of the 1951 NCAA Championship Game, which K-State lost to a bunch of guys who were getting paid under the table -- and that's not just some random accusation, Kentucky actually got the death penalty as a result. Back in those days, though, the NCAA didn't vacate wins, so the national championship which should arguably belong to Kansas State still sits in Lexington.
Should K-State survive that, they'd have a Saturday collision with undefeated in-state non-rivals Wichita State, a game whcih will absolutely top the schadenfreude meter no matter who wins. That, of course, is assuming that Wichita State survives the winner of a Tuesday contest in Dayton between Cal Poly-SLO and Texas Southern, and, well, let's not be ridiculous.
Let's imagine, for a moment, that K-State survives to the Sweet Sixteen. They could run into North Carolina State or Manhattan, but that's highly unlikely. Also unlikely, but a very, very tasty proposition, is Xavier. Then again, maybe not. Do you want to relive that double-overtime nightmare from 2010? No, the most likely option for that game would be Saint Louis -- so at least it's still a regional bragging rights thing -- or Louisville, which is currently playing as though they're a giant death-dealing harvester of doom.
And then there's the regional final, should K-State manage to stumble that far. The second seed in the Midwest is Michigan. Wouldn't it be fun to beat them in a bowl game and beat them to get to the Final Four? Yeah, that'd be a kick in the pants. If not Michigan, then beating Duke is always fun. Or maybe Massachusetts, again completing an intersectional football-basketball double. Or Texas. Oh, the possibilities.
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