K-State Q&A: Have the Wildcats locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament? Plus, Iowa State, running back options and baseball

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another K-State Q&A.

Let’s go ahead and jump into your questions. Thanks, as always, for asking them.

Yeah, K-State will be a part of March Madness. Ending the regular season with three losses, falling to the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 Tournament and losing to TCU in Kansas City would leave the Wildcats sweating on Selection Sunday, but I think they will make it. The bubble is very soft this year. No team that goes .500 in the Big 12 is missing the NCAA Tournament. They face a wide scenario of seeds, though. If they win out and hoist a trophy in Kansas City they could be looking at a 5 seed. Four straight losses could put them in the First Four. More realistically, they will win two or three more games and claim a seed in the 7-10 range. Right now, most online projections have them as a No. 9 seed.

That’s always a tough call with Iowa State. If you go all-in defending the perimeter, Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang will run right by you and score inside. If you focus on Ejim and drive Niang outside, the Cyclones can kick the ball around and hit threes. K-State coach Bruce Weber went on and on about Niang yesterday. He thinks he is Iowa State’s most dangerous player. So the Wildcats may show him extra attention. I think you have to try and defend both areas equally. But all teams should give a slight edge to the perimeter against Iowa State. When it gets hot from the outside, it rarely loses.

I think Warmack has the talent to compete for playing time right away, but how often does a true freshman play at K-State? Tyler Lockett is one of the few recent four-year starters I can think of. Snyder tends to favor the more experienced players. I expect DeMarcus Robinson and Jarvis Leverett to split most of the carries.

There is always concern when a team starts 1-7 and has to cancel its home-opening series, due to weather concerns, and add three extra road games to the schedule. But the college baseball season is long. And teams from cold states sometimes start slow when they head West and take on teams from warm states. There is plenty of time for the Bat Cats to get things turned around the same way K-State did in football and basketball. But they definitely need to start pitching better. The Wildcats are allowing seven runs a game.

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