Wake Forest falls to Kansas State 95-88 in NCAA Tournament

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Kansas State made its first five shots and six of seven, while Wake Forest made seven in a row over one stretch.

K-State made 31 of 47 shots against the Demon Deacons.

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With 4:14 left in the game, Wes drove the lane, took a hard shot, drew a foul, made the shot, then completed the old-fashioned three-point play to extend K-State's lead to 78-70. "I'm not sure anyone else did". I think it's going to be key. "We felt if we guarded and took care of the ball and moved the basketball we'd be able to score".

He scored 20 points in each of K-State's close losses to Kansas and had 12 or more points 12 times.

During a nine-game stretch from December 3 through January 10, Wade averaged 13.7 points, shot 57.5 percent from the floor and made 12 of 27 three-point attempts.

"I love the opportunity for me, selfishly, and for my student-athletes to experience this because this is not what it's like at the other places", New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger said before his team's practice session Monday at UD Arena.

"They had 42 points in the paint", Manning said. It was their guards getting dribble penetration. "Staying in front of the basketball was something we know we needed to do coming into this ballgame. Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job of that".

Wake Forest is indeed here, facing Kansas State in a First Four game Tuesday night. They're Ken Pomeroy's 22nd-ranked team, while Kansas State comes in at 28. This team is young, too, as its top three scorers (John Collins, Bryant Crawford and Keyshawn Woods) are all sophomores. The Demon Deacons are 160th in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency but eighth on offense. The Cats have a good pair of guards in Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes, a tough post player in D.J. Johnson, a unsafe freshman in Xavier Sneed, a senior leading scorer and rebounder in Wesley Iwundu and an X-factor in sophomore forward Dean Wade.

Wake Forest finally returned to the NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest (19-13) was the third-to-last at-large team selected to this year's 68-team field.

Wake Forest was within one or two points on a few occasions in the second half, but K-State had an answer.

The best performance however might have came from Wesley Iwundu.

DID YOU KNOW: Wake Forest coach Danny Manning led Kansas as a player to a 71-58 win over Kansas State in a regional final in 1988 on the way to a national title. "That was the difference in the game". Four players finished in double figures - their season norm - as the Wildcats shot a season-high 66 percent from the field against a team they had never faced. That made it a one-possession game, and the tug of war was on.

K-State's balanced attack helped off-set the never-ending foul trouble. In the second half, it was the Wildcats fending off the Demon Deacons' efforts to take the lead.

How Providence got here: The Friars took an expected step back with stars Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil gone, but they ended up exceeding expectations and getting back into the NCAA Tournament despite owning a 4-8 Big East record on February 8. The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and free live audio on kstatesports.com. The Demon Deacons were 17 of 18 from the line in the first 20 minutes. The Deacons owned regular-season wins against two of the teams that finished 10-8 - Miami and Virginia Tech. They are among the best at causing turnovers, forcing 15.2 per game while averaging 7.8 steals.

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