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College basketball rankings: Kansas State enters top 10 as legit Big 12 contenders after OT win at Baylor


as i pointed out last wednesday edition One of CBS Sports Top 25, Kansas State was named last in the Big 12 standings in a preseason poll of the league’s 10 head coaches. It was a by-product of several different things. The Wildcats won just 14 games last season and were under a head coach for the first time. Also, no one really knew what to expect from Florida transfer Keyonte Johnson, who hadn’t played since December 2020 after collapsing during a game against Florida State.

But more than two months into the season, even if it were wise to predict that KSU would finish last in the Big 12 in October, the Wildcats would actually land deep in the standings. It became abundantly clear that this was no longer the case. A likely scenario.

This team is legal.

That’s a major point after Kansas State won 97-95 overtime in Baylor, going 14-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12. Building the roster with fresh eyes, these Wildcats are arguably more talented than most recognized in preseason.

It all starts with Johnson. The fact that he entered this season after not playing for nearly two years since he went down, it was natural to wonder what kind of player he would be. But now that he’s 15 games into the season, we know he’s more or less the same player. Better Player — Than when he was named the SEC Player of the Year ahead of the 2020-21 season. This explains a lot. The Kansas State leading scorer was his SEC Player of the Year in the preseason and has emerged as a contender for the Big 12 Player of the Year.

Beyond that, Markquis Nowell has grown into one of the best point guards in the country. In Saturday’s win over Baylor, he finished with 32 points and 14 assists after scoring 36 points and 9 assists in Tuesday’s win over Texas, and has scored 65 plus points and 20 plus 3 in the last 10 seasons. became the second Division I player. Assist in any 2-game span. Only NBA All-Stars Ja Morant (Grizzlies) and Trae Young (Hawks) have done it. According to research by Jared Burson.

Additionally, Kansas State’s third-leading scorer (Nae’Qwan Tomlin) is a JUCO All-American, while the Wildcats’ fourth-leading scorer (Desi Sills) is an Arkansas state who made the Elite 8 two years ago. started with a team of In other words, the top of this roster is experienced and talented — and the first-year coach who put this all together, Jerome Tan, is very good in the role after 19 seasons as an assistant at Baylor. has shown to be effective.he is listed in multiple places Potential Candidates for Texas Jobs.

That’s a great story. It was fun to watch.

It forced Kansas State to move to No. 7 in CBS Sports’ top 25 and 1 daily college basketball rankings updated Sunday morning. Wins at Baylor are: Large scaleNo other program in the country has a better two-road win. Kansas State’s 3-0 start in the Big 12 puts Kansas State and Iowa State into a week of matches between Oklahoma State (Tuesday) and TCU (Saturday), with the Wildcats leading the league standings. Lined up at the top.

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