"Honestly, I didn't know what was going to happen". That season ended with an upset loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to LaSalle 63-61, in what was essentially a home game in Kansas City's Sprint Center.
"Just taking everything in". "It's getting there for me to feel like we're here at the tournament".
Kansas State players celebrate during a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament.
Once again, the First Four features the four lowest-rated conference champions (No. 16 seeds playing for the right to face a No. 1) and the last four at-large teams in the bracket (No. 11 seeds playing for the right to face a No. 6). Wake Forest coach Danny Manning agreed. They should be excited.
With a tough defensive mentality and some of the best offensive efficiency of the season, Kansas State didn't have to hold on for dear life against Wake Forest. "And then limiting those easy post touches and easy post entries where they can get - we've got to protect the paint". "But there should be a little pop to them, a little excitement when they step out on the court". Then Sunday arrived and all of a sudden nerves took over.
"I love the opportunity for me, selfishly, and for my student-athletes to experience this because this is not what it's like at the other places", New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger said before his team's practice session Monday at UD Arena.
"When you look at Junior, you see a guy with enormous heart, a tremendous talent level and a true compassion and empathy level with his teammates", Mount St Mary's coach Jamion Christian said.
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But, he added, the state's "slow-growth" economy suggests Connecticut's economic recovery "is clearly becoming more tenuous". Last month's biggest gains were made in the government, construction and education and health service sectors.
So, even if Collins turns pro, the Wake Forest program is in much better shape than it had been earlier in this decade. I don't see the Wildcats slowing Collins down, and Wake Forest outscores them to move on to the round of 64.
New Orleans and Mount St. Mary's took similar paths to this play-in game, winning both the regular season title and tournaments of their respective conferences. Guards Bryant Crawford (16.1 points) and Woods (12.8) supplement Collins.
Four players finished in double figures for Kansas State - D.J. Johnson had 18 points and Barry Brown added 14 - and the team shot a season-best 66.0 percent (31-for-47) from the field. The Wildcats won 14 of those games, losing 51-50 to West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament most recently.
The Wildcats said they were familiar with Wake Forest's roster, having watched them play several times this season. K-State is 5-1 in Manhattan in the NCAA Tournament. "But still disappointing to not come away with the desired outcome that we wanted". "So I don't think that should bother us at all".
But the Demon Deacons (19-14) couldn't seem to make a play to take the lead.
Manning served as an assistant on Bill Self's staff at Kansas from 2003 to 2012, and KSU coach Bruce Weber said there are similarities between what Wake Forest does and the way Kansas plays. "Obviously, like you said, we got some chances in the second half, but it was definitely an effort on their end to deny me the ball".