K-State to play Creighton on Friday in NCAA Tournament

The K-State men's basketball team plays against Baylor in Bramlage Coliseum on March 3, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 77-67. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

On Sunday, this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was announced. The Kansas State men’s basketball team received an at-large bid and was placed at a No. 9 seed in the south region.

K-State’s first round matchup is against the Creighton Bluejays, who are currently 21-11 overall and 10-8 in Big East Conference play. During the Big East Tournament, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Providence in overtime, 72-68.

Creighton’s highest scoring player is a familiar name to many Wildcats: former K-State guard Marcus Foster. He shot 19 points and had three assists and five rebounds during the game.

Foster averages 20.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Foster began playing for the Bluejays in the 2017 season.

Six other Big 12 teams made it into the NCAA Tournament, including the Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs, West Virginia Mountaineers, Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Iowa State, Oklahoma State and the Baylor Bears did not make it into the tournament. Baylor was among the first four out.

The K-State and Creighton matchup will tip off on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 5:50 p.m. inside the Spectrum Center. The game can be watched on TNT and the K-State Sports Network.

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.