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Postseason Interview with Bruce Weber

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Kevin Kietzman and Danny Clinckscale 810 WHB Radio in Kansas City spoke with Bruce Weber at radio row at the Final 4 the other day.  I thought it was a great interview so I thought I'd share it here .  Check it out when you get a chance.

The Bruce Weber/Chris Lowery connection

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There has been some talk during and after K-State's run in the NCAA tournament about the possibility of other schools making job offers to either Bruce Weber or Chris Lowery, Weber's top assistant coach.  Both Weber and Lowery have had interesting coaching paths that have intersected at Southern Illinois, Illinois, and now at K-State. Lowery first became an assistant for Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois in 2001 and coached for two seasons at Southern Illinois, one year making the Sweet 16 and the next year getting ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  Weber then got hired as head coach at Illinois and Lowery followed him there, coaching as an assistant one season before returning to Southern Illinois as head coach for eight seasons.  In his one season as Weber's assistant at Illinois, Lowery helped guide the Illini to a Sweet 16 appearance. Lowery was fired after eight seasons at Southern Illinois, which coincided with Weber getting fired at Illinois and

K-State Basketball - Looking ahead to next season

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After a disappointing loss to Loyola Chicago in the Elite 8, K-State basketball is done for the season. While a trip to the Elite 8 was unexpected, it was a disappointing loss considering Loyola Chicago was an 11 seed in the tournament.  I'm not sure we'll ever have a road like that to the Final four again.  UMBC taking out one seeded Virginia was huge.  After beating Creighton in the first round and taking care of UMBC in the second round, a great win against five seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16 put us in the Elite 8.  It is sure disappointing to be one game away from the Final 4 playing against an 11 seed and having your season end.  The obvious question is:  does K-State have a chance to make a run again next season?  Almost the entire team is coming back, including all five starters and Kamau Stokes.  On paper it looks like K-State should have a leg up on the other teams in the league going into the 2018-19 season. I thought I'd take a look at the other teams in the

It's spring football season!

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Bring it on! http://www.kstatesports.com/news/2018/1/24/football-spring-game-slated-for-april-21.aspx

Thoughts on the possibility of a final 4 berth

Those that know me well know how much I love sports.  I am a huge K-State sports fan and have been since I was 17.  I'm 44 now.  I live and die with every win and loss.  Most of my wardrobe consists of K-State shirts, sweatshirts, pants, pajamas, and anything else you can think of.  I was the guy in college that got in line early for every football and basketball game. Not just hours, but sometimes days in advance in order to get a front row seat.  I'll never forget when I was in college the day of one football game me and a buddy got to the stadium way too early and walked up to the football complex and the team was getting on buses to go to breakfast.  The game was a night game and this was very early in the morning.  Out walks Bill Snyder and I'll never forget the look he gave us.  It was a "what the hell are you guys doing here this early?" look.  I don't even remember who we played that day, but I'll never forget running into Bill Snyder that morning

A Couple of Comments Regarding the Kentucky Game....

I watched the Kentucky game again, this time in "analysis mode." A couple of comments... 1) Both teams were tight in the first couple of minutes. Kentucky actually ran a couple successful plays that got players wide open under the basket and the ball was either stolen, blocked or just plain missed by Kentucky players. Our defense and scrappiness in the first couple of minutes set the tone for the game. 2) About two minutes in, Brown nailed a three from the corner to go up 4 -1. Then Sneed hit back to back threes and we were up 10-1. Those guys hitting shots gave the entire team confidence to keep it up on the defensive end.  3) Stokes has matured as a player. He's no longer "shoot first." He still does shoot, but only when he's wide open or the shot clock is winding down. He actually had a couple of looks early in the shot clock and pulled the ball down and ran the offense. I have always been frustrated with Stokes "shoot

Road to the Final 4: K-State Basketball

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Big game today against Loyola Chicago and Sister Jean for a chance to make the Final 4!  Hope we can pull off the victory and go to San Antonio!

The last time K-State was in the Sweet 16

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The last time K-State was in the Sweet 16 was in 2010.  They played Xavier in a classic double overtime thriller won by the Cats.  That team was led by Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente and coached by Frank Martin.  Here are some video highlights of that game: Hope we can channel some of that mojo in the game with Kentucky tomorrow night!

Bruce Weber and John Calipari Press Conferences

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Here is a link to the audio of Bruce Weber's presser today:  https://www.wibwnewsnow.com/audio-bruce-weber-press-conference /. You can watch John Calipari's comments and the entire press conference here:   http://coachcal.com/news/2018/3/21/caltube-coach-cals-pre-kansas-state-media-opportunity.aspx . Kentucky forward Kevin Knox was asked today about the possibility of Wade playing and said: "Hopefully he plays so they don't have an excuse."  Wow.  Sounds pretty confident.

K-State Basketball Pic of the Day

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Funny meme about knocking off the "Cinderella" UMBC.

Victory over UMBC!

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It wasn't pretty, but K-State was victorious over UMBC last night, 50-43, to move on to the Sweet 16.  This is the first time K-State has been in the Sweet 16 since an Elite 8 appearance in 2010. KSNT reported on the game live from Kite's in Aggieville. K-State was a 10 point favorite over the Retrievers and ended up winning a close defensive struggle by seven points.  They play five seed Kentucky on Thursday night for the right to move on to the Elite 8.  Kentucky has a roster full of NBA talent and with Dean Wade still out with a foot injury it's going to take a herculean effort by K-State to beat them.  If the Cats can somehow find a way to beat Kentucky, the road gets somewhat easier after that.  The winner plays either seven seed Nevada or 11 seed Loyola Chicago for a birth in the Final Four.  The winner of the region would then play Florida State, Gonzaga, Michigan or Texas A&M in the Final Four.  All of those possible opponents would be a winnable game

K-State Beats Creighton, Plays UMBC Next!

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K-State beat Creighton 69-59 last night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The Wildcats held Marcus Foster to five points and controlled the game throughout.  K-State will play UMBC in the second round.  UMBC shocked the world, becoming the first 16 seed to ever beat a one seed in the tournament.  It University of Maryland Baltimore County is from the America East conference.  They upset top seed Vermont in the America East Conference tournament to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. This should be an interesting game.  Dean Wade is still a question mark and probably won't play again.  K-State opened as 10 point favorites in this one according to the Vegas odds makers.  UMBC is ranked 168 in the Pomeroy computer ratings and K-State is ranked number 37.  On paper this one should not be close, but Virginia and their fans thought the same thing going into that first round match up. I'm predicting a K-State victory moving on to the Sweet 16.  However

Darren Sproles' Final Four Picks

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Darren Sproles picks his Alma Mater Kansas State to win the national championship!

De'Andre Hunter out for the tournament

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Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter is out for the NCAA tournament.    This will help whoever plays Virginia, as Hunter was the ACC sixth man of the year and made the all freshman team.  He was a key part of their rotation.  Virginia is a possible 2nd round match up for K-State, but they have to beat Creighton in the first round first.

Kansas State vs. Creighton

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K-State made the NCAA tournament as a nine seed in the South region, getting matched up against eight seed Creighton in the first round.  Creighton is a one and a half point favorite in Vegas and is ranked ahead of K-State by a huge margin in most of the computer rankings.  This one will be a tough one for K-State, especially with the unknown status of injured Barry Brown and Dean Wade. Marcus Foster is a star player for Creighton and played the first two years of his college career at K-State before being kicked off the team for drug use and other off the court issues.  Marcus seems to have his life back together and on the right track now.  This is an intriguing match up, as Foster has said he has been looking forward to playing against K-State for a long time.  This is his senior year and his last chance to make a splash as a college athlete and you can bet he will be pumped up for this one. Here are what I would consider to be Creighton's big wins this season thus far:

Jerry Palm's latest projected bracket

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Jerry Palm has K-State as a 10 seed playing against Texas A&M...

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