Five keys for the K-State basketball team to win the Big 12 title entering the home stretch.
The biggest key to K-State winning the Big 12 is staying healthy. Cartier Diarra is likely out for the rest of the regular season and possibly longer. Dean Wade has battled injuries all season and Kamau Stokes has also been playing through an injury. Wthout a ton of depth, the Cats cannot afford anymore injuries.
Balance is going to be key for the Wildcats to win the Big 12. Barry Brown and Dean Wade (when healthy) have been the team’s most consistent performers, but it can’t be just them picking up the scoring load every night. Xavier Sneed and Kamau Stokes need to have some big nights and the Wildcats need consistency down the stretch.
Beat KU again
Kansas has won 14 straight Big 12 regular season titles. K-State won a share of the title in 2013 and if they want to win it outright beating KU in Lawrence would certainly put the Wildcats in the driver’s seat to end the streak.
Sustain its top 5 defense in the nation
Defense has been key to the Wildcats’ success this season. K-State is fourth in the country in scoring defense allowing just under 60 points per game. This sort of defensive effort allows the Cats to compete against any team they play.
Take advantage of the schedule
With five games remaining the schedule plays to K-State’s favor. Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and TCU all have losing records in Big 12 play and K-State has already beaten KU and Baylor. Rght now, the Big 12 is K-State’s to lose.