Kansas State players say they still have a bad taste after Iowa State won at Bramlage
Randy Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State turned its focus to Iowa State about 30 minutes or so after the Wildcats beat TCU in the Big 12 Conference Tournament’s quarterfinal round Thursday.
Bruce Weber’s Wildcats won at Hilton Coliseum 58-57 on Jan. 12 in a game where Lindell Wigginton missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. The Cyclones returned the favor 78-64 in Manhattan about a month later.
That’s the intrigue for Friday’s tournament semifinal game at the Sprint Center.
“They’re a good team,” senior guard Barry Brown said of the Cyclones after his top-seeded Wildcats defeated TCU. “They came into Bramlage (Coliseum) the last time and got a win. We’ve kind of got that sick taste in our mouth.”
There’s at least one difference from the last time they met and Friday’s matchup — Kansas State star Dean Wade won’t play. He’s being withheld because of a foot injury, but is expected to return for the NCAA Tournament.
Wade scored nine points when the Cyclones and Wildcats last played.
Source: Des Moines Register