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Jerome Tang Gives a Brutally Honest Assessment After K-State’s Loss to Cincinnati

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The Kansas State Wildcats lost a heartbreaker at Cincinnati on Saturday 74-72. With the loss, Kansas State fell to 7-9 in conference play with two games to go. Heading into the day, the Cats were on the bubble, according to Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology.

And after the loss to the Bearcats, K-State coach Jerome Tang had a brutally honest assessment of the game, saying, “I said whichever team won this game would go to the NCAA Tournament. I think they’re an NCAA Tournament team.”


And for the Cats, they might have seen their bubble burst on Saturday night.

John Newman III scored 13 of his 18 in the second half, Simas Lukosius hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left and Cincinnati blew a 13-point lead before beating Kansas State 74-72 Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.

Cincinnati is 6-10 in Big 12 play and was not listed in Lunardi’s latest bracketology, while K-State was in the “Next Four Out”.

Cinci has two games left against Oklahoma and West Virginia, which are winnable games, but not the stiffest of competition. Meantime, Kansas State will play Kansas and Iowa State. The good news for KSU is that if they can win at least one, they might be back in the picture for March Madness. But the Cats may also need to win a couple of games in Kansas City at the Big 12 Tournament.

Such is life on the bubble as we head into the final week of the regular season.

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