3 Reasons Why Kansas State Can Win March Madness 2019
Last year, the Kansas State Wildcats came within a win of reaching the Final Four, as they were ran over by Cinderella’s pumpkin ride, losing to the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the Elite 8 round. Kansas State was so close it could taste it. Now the team is on a mission to get back where they felt they belong a season ago. Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down three major items that make K-State go.
Kansas State can win March Madness 2019 by suffocating its opponents with a stout defense, so expect Bruce Weber’s team to bring the heat on that end of the floor during this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats are the fourth-ranked team in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom. Not to mention they are near the top of the list for every major defensive statistic in college basketball.
The Wildcats are fourth nationally with just 59.1 points allowed per game, while also limiting opponents to only 41.3 percent shooting from the field. Barry Brown Jr. is the leader of the Wildcats’ defense that also forces 14.7 turnovers per contest.
The return of Dean Wade
Last year, the Wildcats sorely missed their star forward Dean Wade. Although the team went deep into the tournament, Wade played in one game. The offense limped, but Kansas State’s defense was able to step up and carry the team to the Elite 8.
Wade was banged up again this year, but now he’s healed up and ready to make his return for the NCAA tournament. Wade could open up the floor in many ways for Kansas State. He brings the ability to move the ball as well as stretch the floor with his penchant for knocking down shots from deep.
With Wade back on board, the Wildcats could finish what they started last year. Wade finished the regular season with averages of 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Last year, Kansas State took out a perennially dangerous Kentucky Wildcats team in the Sweet 16 round.
In March Madness 2019, the squad is a year older, a year wiser, and hungrier to win and prove that its 2019 run was not a fluke. The Wildcats are physical and relentless and they how to get the big stops they need.
To put it simply, this Kansas State team is made up of blue-collar guys who always play hard. The Wildcats are ready to show they have another run in them after improving on 2018’s Elite 8 finish.
Kansas State turned plenty of heads in the regular season in which it finished with a share of the best record in the Big 12 together with the Texas Tech Raiders. If the Wildcats are to return to Manhattan with the national title, they need all the items mentioned in this March Madness guide to click.
Will Kansas get the job done and win March Madness 2019? Or will they come up short again?
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