March 29, 2023

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Massive 12 Event Preview: The Ultimate Gauntlet

(Graphic by Catherine Eldridge)

Kansas State males’s basketball enters the convention match nonetheless trying to show itself. The Wildcats had been predicted to complete final within the convention within the preseason ballot however completed in third place. Main the cost was the All-Massive 12 first-team duo of guard Markquis Nowell and ahead Keyontae Johnson behind Jerome Tang, Massive 12 Coach of the Yr.

    1. Kansas 25-6 (13-5)
      1. The Jayhawks enter the match because the convention title holder, however Okay-State nonetheless cut up their collection with their champion rival. House-court benefit performed an enormous function in each video games and followers would as soon as once more be a think about Kansas Metropolis. Okay-State’s All-Massive 12 duo must outplay Massive Participant of the Yr Kansas ahead Jalen Wilson.
      2. Worst loss: 83-60 vs. TCU
      3. Finest win: 88-80 vs. Texas 
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 1 seed
      5. Energy: Jalen Wilson
      6. Weak point: Depth & guard Gradey Dick’s inconsistency
    2. Texas 23-8 (12-6)
      1. Texas opened because the betting favourite to win the match, per DraftKings Sportsbook. If Okay-State had been to play the Longhorns they might avenge their loss in Manhattan the place they led by 11 at halftime, however misplaced attributable to turnovers and an absence of physicality. 
      2. Worst loss: 74-67 @ Texas Tech 
      3. Finest win: 75-59 vs. Kansas
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 2 seed
      5. Energy: Guard depth
      6. Weak point: 3-point taking pictures
    3. Okay-State 23-8 (11-7)
      1. Okay-State has defeated every Massive 12 opponent a minimum of as soon as this season, together with sweeping Baylor and Oklahoma State. Losses for Okay-State sometimes encompass many turnovers, whereas most wins embrace Nowell operating the offense and getting everybody concerned in scoring. 
      2. Worst loss: 79-65 @ Oklahoma
      3. Finest win: 83-82 vs. Kansas
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 3 seed
      5. Energy: Johnson-Nowell-Tang trio
      6. Weak point: Turnovers
    4. Baylor 22-9 (11-7)
      1. Though Okay-State swept Tang’s former staff within the common season, Baylor stays a proficient staff behind guards Adam Flagler and Keyonte George. A 3rd matchup might show if the Wildcats beneath Tang are Baylor’s kryptonite. 
      2. Worst loss: 73-58 vs. Iowa State
      3. Finest win: 75-69 vs. Kansas
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 2 seed
      5. Energy: Guards
      6. Weak point: Okay-State
    5. Iowa State 18-12 (9-9)
      1. Iowa State concluded its common season with a chilly streak, culminating within the dismissal of guard Caleb Grill. Regardless of this, they received their final recreation on the highway in opposition to then No. 7 Baylor and are often a really sturdy staff in Kansas Metropolis.
      2. Worst loss: 61-50 vs Oklahoma
      3. Finest win: 73-58 @ Baylor
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 5 seed
      5. Energy: Kansas Metropolis & Protection
      6. Weak point: Scoring
    6. TCU 20-11 (9-9)
      1. Okay-State faces a harmful TCU staff within the match quarterfinals. The return of preseason convention participant of the yr, Mike Miles Jr., from damage enhances TCU’s probabilities of beating any convention opponent.
      2. Worst loss: 74-60 @ Oklahoma
      3. Finest win: 83-60 @ Kansas
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 5 seed
      5. Energy: Transition scoring 
      6. Weak point: Accidents & 3-point taking pictures
    7. Oklahoma State 17-14 (8-10)
      1. The Cowboys must advance and upset Texas within the quarterfinals to face Okay-State. Of their two matchups, Oklahoma State stored it shut, however in the end by no means defeated Okay-State, although a bubble staff on the lookout for high quality wins is all the time harmful. 
      2. Worst loss: 73-68 vs. Okay-State
      3. Finest win: 64-56 @ Iowa State
      4. ESPN Bracketology: First 4 out
      5. Energy: Rebounding
      6. Weak point: Area objective share
    8. West Virginia 18-13 (7-11)
      1. Regardless of a troublesome schedule, the Mountaineers are anticipated to make the NCAA match. Okay-State and West Virginia cut up their collection, enjoying at first and finish of the convention season, and will solely meet once more within the championship recreation.
      2. Worst loss: 78-72 vs. Texas Tech
      3. Finest win: 89-81 vs. Okay-State
      4. ESPN Bracketology: 10 seed
      5. Energy: Schedule
      6. Weak point: Opponent scoring
    9. Texas Tech 16-15 (5-13)
      1. The Pink Raiders gave Okay-State points in each matchups, however solely got here away with a victory in Lubbock. To face Okay-State, Tech should advance to the championship recreation, however its path is difficult following head coach Mark Adams’ suspension.
      2. Worst loss: 68-63 vs. Oklahoma
      3. Finest win: 74-67 vs. Texas
      4. ESPN Bracketology: Off bubble
      5. Energy: Protection
      6. Weak point: Teaching state of affairs
    10. Oklahoma 15-16 (5-13)
      1. The Sooners got here in final within the Massive 12 this season however nonetheless beat the Wildcats in Norman. Oklahoma would possible must win the championship to make the NCAA match and face Okay-State within the semifinals.
      2. Worst loss: 74-63 vs. Texas Tech
      3. Finest win: 74-67 @ Iowa State
      4. ESPN Bracketology: Far-off bubble
      5. Energy: Nothing to lose
      6. Weak point: Scoring 
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