Kansas State Has a Legitiment Chance To Be a No. 1 Team In The Tourney

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2010

With March just around the corner Bracketologist are paying attention to their NCAA Tournament brackets.

As of this week’s ranking, the teams with No. 1 bids are: Villanova, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse.

After surrendering a win and 100 points to a Georgetown team that has only done that one time in school history against the Wildcats you’d think Nova would start to become more defensive minded. That was not the case, just two games later they welcomed the struggling UConn into Wachovia Center, Nova surrendered another double-digit Big East loss.

Meaning, their chance at the No. 1 seed has diminished right before their eyes. The Nova Wildcats have dropped two of their last four games over a span of two weeks. Not necessarily how the Villanova wanted things to unfold. Villanova odds for a No. 1 seed now have reached 40 percent.

So what does this mean for the other Wildcat team?

Unlike all the other teams, the Kansas State Wildcats have worked their way into the Top 10. When the Pre-Season Poll was released the Kansas State Wildcats wasn’t mentioned in the top 25 or the top 30 but somehow worked their way all the way up to the No. 7 team in the nation.

But like every good team, the Wildcats handled the adversity and played basketball. Every time the Wildcats step on the floor the opposition knows they have a handful with this pesky Wildcats defense that forces17.5 turnovers per outing. Their backcourt is among the elite in the Big 12, and they’re frontcourt is in the same talk pulling down 43.5 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats have great rotation; their frontcourt is very deep with Samuels, Kelly, Colon and Judge. Out of Kansas State and Duke the Wildcats has the most legitimate chance due to their favorable schedule and their tournament resume.

Kansas State Resume: (20-4) overall (7-3) in the conference

Record against top 25 opponents: (4-1)

RPI ranking: 7

SOS: 6

Biggest wins: Texas, Baylor, UNLV, Xavier

Worst loss: Ole Miss

Kansas State remaining schedule


At Oklahoma

At Texas Tech


At Kansas

Iowa State

If in fact the Wildcats can come out at the least (5-1) I believe they’ll be the No. 1 seed. However as of now the Duke Blue Devils have the No. 1 spot in the East Region. Looking at the rest of their schedule they could run the table just like the Wildcats could. This No. 1 bid is up for grabs in the East Region. The Villanova Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, and Kansas State Wildcats all have a chance to play their way into the No. 1 bid.

This would be an amazing feat for the Wildcats because when the seeding started in 1979 the Wildcats hasn’t achieved a tournament ranking higher than No. 4.