Yesterday morning was tense, but after the final buzzer Wildcat fans could be forgiven for releasing one massive sigh of relief. The NCAA Tournament is now a foregone conclusion, with only seeding left to be determined.
Of course, winning today would be a big help in that department. But it’s probably not the most important consideration, considering the opponent.
Kansas State (22-10, 10-8 Big 12), the fourth seed, faces the perpetual number one seed, the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (25-7, 13-5 Big 12). You know all the gory details about the rivalry; today’s important stat is that K-State has faced Kansas in the Big 12 tournament nine times, and nine times they have lost.
Kansas is a 6-point favorite. The over is 141½, so Vegas is looking at a 74-68 Jayhawk win. OddsShark is channeling their dark side today, projecting 76-68.
Friday, March 9 at 6:00pm CT, Sprint Center (18,972) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Surprisingly, tickets are cheaper today than yesterday. $74.25 for the session, which includes the late game between Texas Tech Red Raiders and West Virginia Mountaineers.
ESPN with Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, and Holly Rowe.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber. The satellite feed is on Sirius/XM 81; no information on what broadcasting team will be aired.
Video streaming via ESPN3. Audio streaming also via K-StateHD.tv and via the TuneIn app. Add the Big 12 to the organizations using StatBroadcast to deliver live stats to media but not fans, which means you’ll have to rely on another alternative.