Kansas State defeats Creighton in first round of NCAA Tournament

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For the first time since 2012, the Kansas State Wildcats are headed to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating eighth-seeded Creighton 69-59 in the first round on Friday.

3 Who Mattered

Mike McGuirl: If you’ve heard of Mike McGuirl before today, congratulations, you’re a diehard K-State fan that absolutely bleeds purple.

The reserve guard had just 13 points all season. He only appeared in eight games all season and had to burn his redshirt after Kamau Stokes was injured midway through the season.

But in McGuirl’s personal coming out party, he dropped a career-high 17 points off the bench on 6-of-10 shooting. He also had 4 rebounds and an assist.

Barry Brown: The Second Team All-Big 12 guard scored a game-high 18 points while also pulling down 6 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists.

Mitch Ballock: The Blue Jays were led in scoring by the guard, who was 5-of-14 from the field for 16 points.

Highlights

Observations

K-State showing off its depth: Dean Wade was available in an emergency role for the Wildcats. That meant K-State needed to again test its depth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to McGuirl’s 17 points, Levi Stockard III added 2 points to give Kansas State 19 points off the bench. The Wildcats’ bench also had 7 rebounds.

Stokes, who’s been inconsistent in his return from injury, had an efficient game with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting while adding 4 boards and 3 assists.

The Wildcats wanted revenge on Marcus Foster: Kicked off of Bruce Weber’s roster after the 2014-15 season, Marcus Foster transferred to Creighton.

The first round pairing gave K-State its first look at their old star guard since his departure up north, and the Wildcats exacted their revenge. Foster was limited to a season-low 5 points — all of which came in the final two minutes of the second half.

There didn’t appear to be any bad blood between the two parties as Foster hugged Weber when he left the game for the last time.

The Number: 47 percent

Kansas State was 47 percent (9-of-19) on its 3-pointers. That’s the best mark for the Wildcats since January 16 — a win over then-No. 4 Oklahoma.

What’s Next for Kansas State Basketball

No. 9 seed Kansas State will play the winner of No. 1 Virginia-No. 16 UMBC on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.

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