It is common knowledge that the Big 12 is, by far and away, the toughest basketball conference in the country this season, and you can even ask coaches from other conferences.
Kellis Robinett, K-State’s beat writer for the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star, caught an interesting tidbit from Bruce Weber’s media availability on Monday.
Weber claims that an anonymous Big Ten coach called him over the weekend and said that the Big 12 has 10 teams that belong in the NCAA tournament, and it wasn’t Tom Izzo.
Weber’s Wildcats suffered a tough loss on Saturday to Oklahoma State, a team that certainly will not be in the tournament due to a postseason ban that was handed down by the NCAA. K-State is currently 14-12 and in fifth place in the conference. Weber believes, as do I, that a fifth-place finish in this conference is deserving of a spot at the table come March.
Regardless, there is a bunch of important basketball still to be played, with four regular-season games and the Big 12 tournament on deck. If Kansas State can win two of their final four games and avoid being bounced in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament, it should give the Wildcats the resume that they need to go dancing.