Halftime: Kansas St. 41, North Texas 25

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick halftime thoughts from Kansas State 41, North Texas 25.

  • The Wildcats are giving Villanova a crisp primer on how a No. 2 seed should handle a No. 15 in a first-round game. Kansas State didn't waste much time in extinguishing upset hopes for the Mean Green and bringing a partisan K-State crowd to its feet regularly.

  • The main weapon: vicious defense. North Texas was 5-of-24 from the field in the first half (21 percent) and committed nine turnovers. If the Mean Green hadn't gotten to the foul line (13-18 free throws) this would really be out of hand.

  • Kansas State was led, as usual, by dynamic guards Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente, scoring 11 points each on a combined 8 of 15 shooting. Clemente made half of his six 3-point attempts.