Every time Kansas State qualified for the NCAA Tournament under former coach Frank Martin it won at least one game before heading home.
In 2008, the Wildcats beat No. 6 seed USC 80-67. In 2010, they made it to the Elite Eight. In 2011, they took down No. 12 seed Utah State 73-68. And last year they downed No. 9 seed Southern Mississippi 70-64.
High seed, low seed, toss-up game … K-State found a way to win every year.
No one hangs banners for making it to the round of 32, but there is something to be said for advancing that far four times in five years and three times in a row. Few teams have accomplished the same. K-State is one of eight programs that has played for a spot in the Sweet 16 in each of the past three seasons. The other seven: Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Purdue. (more…)