Last night Iowa State ran West Virginia off the court, cruising to an 80-74 victory(Shelly Yang, KC Star) This gives ISU three conference tournament titles in four seasons. Led by senior guard Monte Morris, who was named the tournaments most outstanding player,(Chris Frickett, KC Star) the Cyclones bounced back from an early 16-8 hole to take a 23-22 lead that they never surrendered. Congratulations to our Wide Right Natty Lite brothers and sisters. We’re just a tad (okay a lot) jealous of your success.
Now that the conference tournaments have all but wrapped up, it’s time to turn our attention to the NCAA tournament.
Kansas State appears to be in a good position to at least make the play-in-game. Currently ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Kansas State as an 11 seed playing Syracuse in a pre-first round match up in Dayton to determine who gets into the big field. (Kellis Robinett, KC Star)
Everyone thinks the win over Baylor in the Big 12 tournament was enough to get them into the dance, but it won’t be certain until it sees it’s name pop up on screen Sunday night. So the waiting game looms large for the Wildcats. (Ken Corbitt, Capital Journal)
All the state schools should be in the dance but only one, Wichita State, is assured a spot as conference tournament chances. Will KU lose a seeding spot for their second round conference tournament loss to TCU? What about Kansas State will they make the dance at all? All those questions remain prior to tonight’s selection show at 4:30 p.m. this evening. (Sam Mellinger, KC Star)
Freshman guard Mercedes Brooks has left the team according to head coach Jeff Mittie. Mittie even wished Mercedes the best for her future. Brooks’ father, Robert Brooks, seemed much more disgruntled going on record saying coach Mittie couldn’t match her style of play, and that even though she was one of the better guards on the team that’s why she wasn’t playing. Whatever the truth may be, Mittie and the Wildcats are focused on the upcoming NCAA tournament.