K-State earns No. 4 seed, will play in KC

By Joel Jellison

Kansas State just spent three days at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 Championship — and now its going back.

The Wildcats (27-7) were selected as the No. 4 seed in the West Region Sunday, and will open play on Friday in Kansas City at 2:10 p.m. against the winner of a play-in game between La Salle and Boise State — televised on TruTV.

It’s the first time K-State has opened NCAA tournament play in Kansas City since 1964, when the Wildcats advanced to the Final Four.

Boise State and La Salle will play Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. Boise State is 21-10 and LaSalle is 21-9, and both teams were considered to be on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.

With a win in its second-round game, K-State would advance to play the winner of Wisconsin and Ole Miss on Sunday. The Badgers have eliminated the Wildcats twice in the second game of the tournament since 2008.

If the Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16, they would travel to Los Angeles. The Final Four is in Atlanta.

Joining the Wildcats in Kansas City, but representing the South Region, will be No. 1-seed Kansas playing Western Kentucky at 8:50 p.m. The Jayhawks would advance to play the winner of North Carolina and Villanova, possibly setting up a game between KU and former Jayhawks coach Roy Williams on Sunday.

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