We take another drive down Bracketology Way, trying to determine at this point who deserves to sit at the big boy’s table or who could be ranked 73rd by winning the National Invitational Tournament.
In some ways, this is our toughest assignment yet. Kansas State and N.C. State have similar records and RPI rankings. The Wildcats are reportedly playing in the stronger conference and do have a lower (better) KenPom ranking (46 vs. 55) than the Wolfpack. However, oddsmakers setting college basketball odds think N.C. State has the better club.
Bracketology wizards Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm have close to similar views. Both have N.C. State in the – Last 4 in Group – with Palm thinking the same with K-State and Lunardi thinking Bruce Weber’s club still has work to do. Here is our breakdown of the current situation.
Conference: Big 12 (1st according to Sagarin Ratings)
Record: 18-8 SU (10-13 ATS)
Current RPI: 63
Best Wins: Nothing remarkable
Worst Losses: Tulsa
5Dimes Odds To Win NCAA Tournament: 35,000 to 1
NCAA Tournament History: 34-33
Key Games Remaining: @ Oklahoma, @ TCU and Baylor
Kansas State is still in the midst of fighting for the 4th-seed in the Big 12, which is very important since the Top 4 seeds receive double byes. The best way to describe the Wildcats this season is – unremarkable. With one exception, they have primarily beat the teams they were supposed to and faltered against those that were better than they were.