Kansas State will play their final home game of the season Saturday. This is their chance to gain revenge for a tough loss to Tech in Lubbock.
On Wednesday, nobody knew just what Bruce Weber’s team would do after their 30-point nightmare loss in Norman.
We learned a lot about this Kansas State team. They responded with strong rebounding, some clutch free throw shooting in the final seconds and got outstanding play from Dean Wade to beat TCU.
With the win, the Cats kept their NCAA tourney hopes alive.
In the January 10 battle in Lubbock, The ‘Cats came into the game carrying the weight of the team’s first national ranking since 2014.
They out-rebounded the Red Raiders and had a 4-point lead with just over 2 minutes left.
A series of crazy things allowed Tech to steal a one point victory.
You may remember the phantom foul call on Barry Brown and the technical foul call on coach Weber. Dean Wade and D. J. Johnson also picked up late 5th fouls.
I know the play that angered Wildcat fans most was when Barry Brown was hammered on a missed lay-up in the closing seconds. This was especially upsetting coming off the missed traveling call at the end of the game in Lawrence.
As a result, a Big 12 official’s call or no call in the final seconds had cost the Wildcats for a second straight road game.
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Bruce Weber’s guys have a chance to get revenge for that wild finish.
Dean Wade needs another big game Saturday.
He had 20 in Wednesday night’s victory in Fort Worth. Tech held him to 12 points and just one rebound in the earlier meeting.
Saturday’s game is the final one at Bramlage Coliseum for Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson. Let’s hope the outcome is a memorable one.