State advances to first round after victory over Wake Forest

They weren’t fans seeking autographs or family members asking for pictures.

K-State can be unsafe, though.

March Madness is underway! Kamau Stokes removed the nameplate from his locker and clutched it in his right hand. “I knew that wasn’t going to be a problem”. They read “K-State Mentality”.

Yet there was Wake Forest outlasting Syracuse, Clemson, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

“They better be excited”, said Manning, who’s in his third season at Wake Forest.

“They can create tempo, they can score in a lot of different ways and they’ve got some guys that in my day you would say they’ve got some motor scooters”, Slessinger said of the Mountaineers, who also are one of the better blocking teams despite struggling on the boards.

Follow below for updates and observations from Daytona, Ohio. Nothing should surprise them on Friday.

Download the CBS Sports App today and get instant tournament news and alerts, plus play Brackets! At one point in the half, K-State led points in the paint 20-2. The victor faces the Cincinnati Bearcats in Sacramento on Friday.

Kansas eventually lost to Duke in the Final Four. South Florida, Dayton and Wichita State have all moved on to the round of 32, while Tennessee made the Sweet 16 in 2014.

Manning, a big man himself who played in the National Basketball Association for 15 years, might be the flawless coach to help Collins polish his game.

In one of the Wildcats’ biggest wins, 75-74 at TCU on March 1, Wade made 8 of 15 shots, 4 of 9 three-pointers and scored 20 points. They’re Ken Pomeroy‘s 22nd-ranked team, while Kansas State comes in at 28. They’re 6-8 against the RPI top 100 and 24-9 overall after starting the season 14-0, allowing Florida Gulf Coast architect Andy Enfield to take them to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.

“I feel like our nerves went out the window once we saw our names pop up on the screen”, Woods said.

It can be, but it’s not a given. But Kansas State is a valid upset pick because of what it did throughout the season, not necessarily because of anything it showed Tuesday night. Wake Forest (19-13) was the third-to-last at-large team selected to this year’s 68-team field.

But the Wildcats don’t seem bothered. Weber hopes they can use it as momentum for the next game. The Trojans are 2-5 SU and ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of three or fewer points and they are streaky, although F Benny Boatwright can take over a game.

“How it started out was discouraging at times because we started out not so great”, junior guard Greg Alexander told the Carroll County (Md.) Times.

While the current Wake Forest roster lacks any significant experience in postseason play, the Deacons coaching staff has plenty of prior knowledge competing in the NCAA Tournament as players. “People find out I play for Coach Manning, and that’s the first thing that pops up”. “It is nice to get away”. That’s not who the Wildcats are.

If it means collecting souvenirs and building momentum, these Wildcats are all for it. After a Collins alley-oop cut the lead to 72-70 with 5:26 to play, the Wildcats rattled off seven straight points on a 3 from Stokes and a layup and two free throws from Wesley Iwundu to go ahead 79-70 with 4:14 to play. “We would have been sitting around. Staying in front of the basketball was something we know we needed to do coming into this ballgame, and we obviously didn’t do a good enough job of that”.

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