Analyzing the good and bad of Kansas State’s draw in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament:
Opening GameTHE GOOD: K-State will open the NCAA Tournament inside the friendly confines of Sprint Center against one of the worst at-large teams in the NCAA Tournament. Regardless of who wins between La Salle and Boise State, the Wildcats will have a big crowd advantage and be favored. Both teams like to push the issue on offense and are capable of scoring in the 80s, but they might not be at full strength after playing an intense game on Wednesday. The Wildcats should be at full strength after six days off. Plus, K-State players will get to watch La Salle and Boise State play this week and learn from the game while their opponents will only get one day to prepare for the Wildcats.
THE BAD: The Wildcats are one of four teams that don’t know who they will play in their first NCAA Tournament game. That makes the scouting process more difficult than usual. K-State coaches won’t be able to lock in on La Salle or Boise State until Thursday. La Salle or Boise State will have momentum on its side when it reaches Kansas City. Sometimes a victory in the play-in game can help a team relax and lead to success in the next round. Both La Salle and Boise State have proven they are capable of beating NCAA Tournament teams. (more…)