Kansas State vs. Syracuse: 4 Things the Wildcats Need to Do to Beat the Orange

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Kansas State vs. Syracuse: 4 Things the Wildcats Need to Do to Beat the Orange
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When you're plus-seven in the rebounding category, including a 10-1 advantage on the offensive glass, you'd like to think you'd have at least a five-point lead.

But that's not where eighth-seeded Kansas State finds themselves right now, with minutes remaining in the first half.

The Wildcats, impressive winners in the second round over Southern Mississippi thanks to 30 points from streaky swingman Rodney McGruder, rushed out to a 9-2 lead over the Orange on Saturday only to succumb to a 15-2 run that sparked a seismic shift in the proceedings.

Still, thanks to K-State's relentless approach to the offensive boards (making up for a dreadful shooting day thus far—they're 8-of-21 from the floor—the Wildcats have clawed back to within four points.

Should they want to make it yet another upset of a top-seeded team this tournament (two No. 2s fell yesterday), here are four things the Wildcats have to do.

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