There shouldn’t be much nail biting when Kansas State women’s basketball gathers at Powercat Sports Grill for the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday evening.
The Wildcats (21-11, 11-7 Big 12) appear to be firmly in the NCAA Tournament field. It took a major late-season push to get to this point.
K-State, once two games under .500 in Big 12 play, ended the regular season with five straight victories, then downed West Virginia in the conference tournament before losing to Baylor in the semifinals. The Wildcats, who finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Big 12, are the No. 32 team in RPI in the country.
Monday night should be a happy one for the Wildcats.
As of Saturday afternoon, ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme had K-State as a No. 10 seed.
Palo Alto, California. Stanford, a No. 2 seed in the projections, would be the host.
The Wildcats would play seventh-seeded South Dakota (28-5, 14-2 Summit League). The winner would meet the winner of Stanford and whichever Western Athletic Conference school receives the league’s automatic bid.
If the Wildcats were to make it to the Sweet 16, they would head to Chicago.
The other hosts in the Chicago regional are No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Texas A&M.
The top seed in the region below is Mississippi State.
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This website also lists the Wildcats as a No. 10 seed. But in this projection, they’ll head to No. 2-seed Louisville’s campus, where they will first face off against No. 7 Arizona State.
If that comes to pass, it would be a rematch from earlier in the season.
K-State and the Sun Devils played in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in December. Arizona State defeated the Wildcats, 65-51, though the game was closer than that score indicates.
Right above K-State in this bracket are third-seeded Iowa (Big Ten champ) and No. 6 Missouri. It’s likely that, if the Wildcats made it out of Louisville unscathed, they would play one of those two teams in the Sweet 16.
The top seed in K-State’s region is Mississippi State. The Wildcats also would be on the same side of the bracket as Connecticut, another No. 1 seed.
The women’s NCAA Tournament selection show airs on ESPN at 6 p.m. Monday.