The Kansas State Wildcats lost another tough game on Saturday in Stillwater, falling to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 82-79 in overtime.
The Wildcats have been turning things around as of late, still winning four of their last six, but this team has little margin for error after a bad start to conference play. That makes Saturday’s loss that much more painful, as the Cats came back to force overtime, but couldn’t get a win.
The loss dropped K-State to 14-12 overall and 6-8 in Big 12, but head coach Bruce Weber still thinks his team can make a run come March Madness, saying after the game, “I just hope and pray we get it to the point where we get in the NCAA Tournament, because I think we can do some damage.”
While some may scoff at that comment from Weber, the Wildcats have lost five of their eight Big 12 games by one possession.
But now, there is no margin for error with four regular season games left for the Wildcats. They have to beat Oklahoma and Iowa State, two of their remaining four. And then, there are two big opportunities starting against Kansas on Big Monday in Lawrence, along with a meeting against Texas Tech.
Of course, the other option for K-State is to win a few games in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City next month.
Also, Bruce Weber’s job may depend on if he makes the NCAA Tournament. Weber is four years removed from taking this team to the Elite 8 and are 13-37 in Big 12 play the last three seasons.