First things first: your link to SB Nation’s NCAA tournament bracket.
As we detailed last night, the Wildcats are in, and they’ll meet an old friend on Friday in Charlotte as they face Marcus Foster and the Creighton Bluejays. As you’d expect, there’s been a lot of ink spilled on the matter over the last 12 hours, and here’s a decent sample:
- K-State’s official announcement
- Kellis Robinett at the Star
- Tim Bisel at the Capital-Journal
- WOWT, Channel 6 in Omaha
- Corbin McGuire on the team’s reaction in today’s Sports Extra
Wade and Brown ready to go
Bracket analyses and predictions
- An AP story, via the Star, has a running timeline of observations on the bracket. Relevant note: K-State/Creighton is referred to as one of the most intriguing first-round matchups.
- USA Today’s Dan Wolken breaks down the South Region.
- A staff piece at Sports Illustrated breaks down all four regions, says nothing about K-State/Creighton.
- Tim Reynolds at the Sacramento Bee runs down the field, and picks K-State as an upset winner on Friday.
- Neal Paine at FiveThirtyEight uses those weird number thingies to analyze the field. K-State is not his most likely first-round upset winner in the South Region; that honor falls to Texas, who Paine says has a 60% chance to upend Nevada. K-State is second, with a 42% probability.
Brett Owen and Drew Mount each drove in three runs, Will Brennan had four hits to jack his batting average up to .493, and Jared Marolf threw 5⅔ innings of one-run relief to help K-State take the weekend series from Mercer with a 13-6 win at Tointon.
Next up: a one-off game tomorrow night against... Creighton. HMMM.
K-State’s annual award ceremony was Sunday afternoon, and the big award of the night went to junior guard Kayla Goth, named the team’s MVP for the year. Peyton Williams took Offensive MVP honors, while Shaelyn Martin was named Defensive MVP. Most Improved Player went to freshman Rachel Ranke. You can see the full list in K-State’s press release.