There haven't been a lot of secrets to how Bruce Weber's teams succeed, and this season's Kansas State outfit is a perfect example. The Wildcats grabbed a share of the Big 12 title with their trademark defense and ability to take care of the basketball. If KSU tops 75 points in a game -- as it did once in conference play -- it's big news. But thanks to a balanced collection of scorers and that ornery defense, Kansas State hit the Big 12 tourney with 24 wins and captured nine of its last 11 games.
It might be unreasonable to expect another run to the Elite Eight, like last season's team had, but this is a squad that is likely to make trouble for opponents with its disciplined D and ability to turn almost every possession into an important one. The only thing that could interrupt a deep run is the cranky foot of standout forward Dean Wade. Will the Wildcats stay on good footing deep into March?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.