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We came in to this season wondering what we would have. Would we be able to get to the tournament? Would we be bound for the NIT? We really didn’t have any idea what we would be able to accomplish with a group of freshman.

Mike had been preaching about high-highs and low-lows and learning how to win by mid-majoring opponents. Credit to him be cause we have had the highest of highs (victory over KU) and low-lows (Northern Colorado or close games on the road). We have even mid-majored teams for victories. Kudos to Mike for his prophetic thoughts on this team.

Let’s not get it confused, I wouldn’t waste my time or yours putting Mike on a pedestal. This year really has been a roller coaster. Just like last week I said we were at a cross roads. Now I don’t know if the roller coaster ride is over.

I don’t know if this train is slowing down, ready to pull into the station or if this team is ready to spin into another run of twists, turns and loops. I really don’t know where this team is heading.

I can see them being done. Three losses in a row, even if they were to RPI top 50 teams, can damage a young, fragile team. This young team can also be overly-hyped for the game and try too hard in their first NCAA Tournament and lose their winning principals.

On the other hand, if we get a favorable match-up I could see us go on a Sweet Sixteen run. The greatest thing about March Madness is the hope that each teams have. It’s like Opening Day for 68 teams. Anything can happen. Foster gets hot, who knows how far this team can go.

Another point to think about. Referees. Yep, I am going to cross the line here. Big 12 refs will more than likely not be refereeing our games next week. That means Kansas State loses it’s reputation of a tough, overly-physically team. Does that keep Foster, Spradling and Gipson on the court longer? One can only hope.

One thing is for certain, this team makes my heart race and my puts my stomach in knots like no other team I can remember. Kind of like a roller coaster.

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About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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