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Postgame Thoughts and Player Ratings: Kansas State 74, Oklahoma State 71

MarcusSmart
Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 74-71 victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum:

1. This is the type of win that has lasting implications.
Before Saturday, K-State was still fighting for respect in some circles. Even after a perfect December, it was unranked and left out of most NCAA Tournament projections. That is about to change. The Wildcats will almost certainly break into the national polls on Monday. And who could predict them to miss the NCAA Tournament at this exact moment? Their RPI is down to No. 53 after hovering in the high 80s, and they own victories over four quality opponents. K-State is also back in the mix to defend its Big 12 title. A year ago, it defeated Oklahoma State in its conference opener and rode that momentum to a memorable season. The Big 12 is much stronger this year, so there is no guarantee it will happen again. But a win over Oklahoma State puts it in the discussion.
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