Kansas State basketball players said all the politically correct things Thursday night when asked who they wanted to play in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.
Whether it was Baylor or Oklahoma State, they said the challenge would be the same. The opponent didn’t matter.
Still, it was obvious the Wildcats were eager for a rematch with Oklahoma State.
“We just lost to those guys,” senior guard Martavious Irving said. “So why not play them again?”
The Cowboys ended K-State’s hopes of winning an outright Big 12 championship less than a week ago in Stillwater. It was a difficult loss for the Wildcats to take. Oklahoma State jumped out to a six-point lead at halftime, K-State rallied to take a nine-point lead in the second half and held a 61-57 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining, but Oklahoma State surged ahead late to win 76-70.