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21-14, 6th in Big 12
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6dChad Ford

Wesley Iwundu went out with a bang

The Kansas State senior improved his NBA draft stock with impressive performances against Wake Forest and Cincinnati in the NCAA tournament.

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Cincinnati has touch in handling Kansas State

Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot it way past Kansas State 75-61 Friday night in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati sounded like a confident bunch going into the first round, and it's easy to see why. The Bearcats were terrific in all phases in beating Kansas State 75-61 to salvage a little respect for the No. 6 seeds in this tournament. Mick Cronin's team has now won 30 games for just the second time in program history, and it will be a tough out in the second round.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas State made a little run at Cincinnati to get within two possessions, but the Bearcats showed their experience and didn't get rattled. They're owning the glass -- with a 25-16 rebounding edge -- and continue to make shots. Bruce Weber is searching for answers right now.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati shot a blistering 65.2 percent in the first half and put back two of its eight misses on offensive rebounds. Troy Caupain was magnificent in making all five of his shots and not committing a turnover. Kansas State has to feel a little fortunate that it trails by only 11 points after that Bearcats' offensive tour de force.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati has gained a reputation over the years of being a physical defensive team that struggles to score. That hasn't been the case this year, as the Bearcats have been far more efficient than usual on the offensive end. They've hit their first seven shots so far against Kansas State, as if to emphasize the point.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Is 11 the new 12 in the NCAA tournament? The 12-seed over a 5-seed upset is legendary, but so far this year the 11s are unbeaten in the first round, with Xavier, USC and Rhode Island all winning. Kansas State will try to make it 4-for-4 when it plays Cincinnati coming up in a bit here in Sacramento.

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More fans picked Xavier and Middle Tennessee to win on Thursday than any other seeds 11 or lower in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, and both delivered mild upsets. Friday's most popular upset picks include 11 seeds Rhode Island and Kansas State.

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Kansas State already has one tournament win, having beaten Wake Forest to get into the field of 64. But BPI predicts that this will be the end of the line as the Wildcats take on Cincinnati.

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Kansas State advanced into the Round of 64 with a 95-88 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night. The Wildcats were dominant in the paint but will next face a Cincinnati team that allows just 60.8 points per game.

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15dAustin Ward

Weber using 'VCU story' to motivate K-State

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber has been emphasizing to his team that playing in the First Four is an "advantage," citing VCU's historic Final Four run in 2011.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Weber had already told his Kansas State team the story of VCU's run out of the First Four and the success other teams have had playing in the early round before arriving at UD Arena. After the win over Wake Forest, he's "telling them it's an advantage."

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas State beats Wake Forest 95-88 in an NCAA First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, and will play No. 6 seed Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The ViewFromVegas is the game closed a consensus pick 'em in Vegas (six sports books closed pick 'em, six closed KSU -1 but one book closed Wake Forest -1). The game went way over the betting total of 147.5. Both First Four games went over tonight while underdogs were 1-0 with the other game closing pick 'em.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks in large part to a balanced offensive attack that featured four double-digit scorers, Kansas State is moving on from the First Four at UD Arena. The Wildcats weathered some solid shooting from Wake Forest by continually finding new ways to put up points and having different guys step up to do it. The win sends Kansas State off to Sacramento for a matchup with the South's No. 6 seed, Cincinnati.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

A mascot dance-off between Wake Forest and Kansas State won't be enough to give either team an edge down the stretch. This matchup was a draw, and the Wildcats and Demon Deacons have played to close to one as well heading into the stretch. Can Kansas State stay out of more foul trouble? What more does John Collins have left for the Demon Deacons? Great finish shaping up in Dayton.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Is there a reason for this Demon Deacon to be optimistic at halftime? Absolutely. Wake Forest trails Kansas State by 4, but that was with John Collins struggling to get much going early in the First Four. The leading scorer for the Demon Deacons this season got rolling a bit late to finish the half with 8 points and will likely be the focal point against the Wildcats down the stretch.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

The nightcap at the First Four at UD Arena got underway with a strong start from Kansas State. The Wildcats established some physical play and grabbed an early edge on the boards, which will be important against Wake Forest big men John Collins and Dinos Mitoglou.

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How important are Tuesday's and Wednesday's games? Since the First Four was introduced in 2011, one of the eight teams has advanced at least to the Round of 32 in each season. One even went from the First Four to the Final Four (VCU in 2011).

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Of all the First Four teams, Wake Forest and Kansas State have the highest chance to reach the round of 32, according to ESPN's BPI. Only one will get the opportunity, however, as the two schools face off in Dayton on Tuesday.

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16dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

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Kansas State is a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008, when the Wildcats earned a No. 11 seed. That year, they upset No. 6 USC in the Round of 64. (Photo by Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

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17dDavid Tuley and Andrew Lange

How to bet Tuesday's First Four games

The NCAA tournament begins on Tuesday night with Mount Saint Mary's-New Orleans and Kansas State-Wake Forest facing off, and our experts think there is plenty of betting value tonight.

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.1200th
Rebounds Per Game32.4322nd
Assists Per Game14.980th
Points Allowed67.860th

Tournament History

Final Fours4
Tournament Record33-32
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances28