On Tuesday night, the fifth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats went into Hilton Coliseum and ran into a roadblock, losing 80-76 in front of a raucous crowd in Ames.
With the win, No. 12 Iowa State (15-4, 6-2 in Big 12) moved into first place in the Big 12 with Kansas State and Texas. Meanwhile, No. 5 Kansas State (17-3, 6-2 in Big 12) was off to its best start in more than half a century going into Tuesday’s game, but cools a bit after the loss.
The Wildcats became the first Big 12 team to score 70 or more points against Iowa State, but it didn’t lead to a win. Part of the struggle of finding a win in Ames is a top-shelf defense on the floor, but also one of the most passionate fanbases in the country. Don’t believe us? Just ask K-State head coach, Jerome Tang.
“We knew this environment was way different than TCU,” Tang said after the loss. “These fans have always been some of the best fans in the country. One of my favorite places to come and compete just because of how knowledgeable they are and how much they love the team here. I’m very proud of our guys for how we responded. How we played with poise at the right times. I would say that big-time players have to make big-time plays in big-time moments and I thought the young men at Iowa State did that.”
Tang and the Wildcats will try to get back on track while hosting Florida this Saturday, while Iowa State will head to Missouri for its matchup in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.