Men’s basketball team could be destined for Sweet 16

Head coach Bruce Weber talks to his team during a time out Junior forward Dean Wade goes up to dunk the ball during the basketball game against Baylor at Bramlage Collesium on Mar. 3, 2018. ( Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group )

I’ve been saying this almost the entire season, but I think this Kansas State team could be destined for the Sweet 16.

This is a team that has so much talent and I think after seeing the draw, it won’t be easy, but the players are up for the task.

Obviously, the difference between K-State making a run and being a first-round drop out is if juniors Barry Brown and Dean Wade are healthy enough to play.

I think Brown should be good to go after being poked in the eye in last weekend’s semifinal of the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas.

Wade, on the other hand, has a stress fracture on his foot, and it is questionable for the game against Creighton on Friday. He was still in a boot Wednesday night when the team arrived at the hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As many of you would agree, this Wildcat team is too young to win games against NCAA Tournament-caliber teams. The Wildcats competed well against Kansas on Friday night, but to do that for more than one game would be very hard for them.

I have seen many experts on the big networks reiterating that this K-State team has the possibility to make a run this year if all the stars align. K-State has to have its players healthy and playing well in order for this to happen.

Virginia announced earlier this week that one of its big guys will be out for the entire tournament, which really could help out K-State if the Wildcats can make it to round 32.

Before that, the Wildcats will be facing off against former Wildcat Marcus Foster. If Foster was still a Wildcat, this team would be totally different and much better.

Here is my prediction: the Wildcats will be playing in the Sweet 16, just as I have said for the past two months.