Kansas State men’s basketball is still looking to become a lock for the 2018 NCAA Tournament with just two games left on the regular season schedule.
The Wildcats pay a visit to TCU on Tuesday night. Like Kansas State, the Horned Frogs sit at a 20-9 overall record — although the Wildcats are one game ahead in the Big 12 conference standings at 9-7.
But the fact that Kansas State only sits at a No. 10 seed in ESPN’s NCAA Tournament bracketology, opposed to TCU’s projected position as a No. 6 seed, is a reminder of a disparity when it comes between the two teams.
The Horned Frogs have six top 100 RPI victories from non-conference play, while Kansas State’s victory over Georgia is the team’s lone triumph of such outside of the Big 12.
And according to the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber wants to change that shortcoming on the Wildcats’ part — particularly be adding at least one more noteworthy opponent to the team’s home slate in future seasons.
Weber told Robinett that he and Kansas State officials “talk about it almost every day” when it comes to beefing up the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule — putting the team in a better place to make the NCAA Tournament if it takes care of business once Big 12 play arrives.
So if the Wildcats tack on another big name to go up against, perhaps as early as next season, don’t be caught off guard.
Kansas State currently has an RPI of 60 entering the road trip to Fort Worth. The Wildcats and Horned Frogs will tip off at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Kansas State concludes its regular season with a home game vs. Baylor on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
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