Admittedly we've have many more visitors to this page on the preview of Larry Bird's 1979 Indiana State facing last year's Texas squad in the final 2nd round game - but our next to last match-up proved one of our closest games.
K-State led early but never by more than 45-38, but 6-foot-7 center Norchad rallied the Hurricanes to a 68-64 lead with 5 minutes to play.
The rest of the game was within 2 points until each team's last possession. K-State's 6'11 center, who had trouble stopping or scoring on Omier (18 points, 5 blocked shots) most of the night, came through with a bucket and drew the foul - sinking the free throw to give K-State the 77-76 lead.
However, the team's leading scorer during the actual season, Isaiah Wong, beat the buzzer at the other end for the 78-77 win. K-State advances to the Sweet 16 to play the surprising Colorado 2021 team.
K-State lost despite only turning the ball over 7 times - the lowest we remember in any game. Team's start with 5 turnovers - 3 non-steal turnovers and then accounting for one steal each by both opposing guards as the Value Add Basketball Game starts with a 20-20 tie and 44 possessions to play in order to keep playing time less than and hour.
|Kansas State 2023||Pts||Reb||Stls||Blks||Fls||Ht||Actual Season|
|Markquis Nowell||9||3||2||0||1||5'7||17.6 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 8.3 Ast|
|Desi Sills||13||3||2||1||2||6'1||8.7 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2.2 Ast|
|Camryn Carter||4||3||0||0||1||6'3||6.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast|
|Keyontae Johnson||25||6||0||0||1||6'5||17.4 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 2.1 Ast|
|Nae'Qwan Tomlin||8||7||0||2||3||6'10||10.4 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast|
|Dorian Finister||2||2||0||0||2||6'5||2.0 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.2 Ast|
|Ismael Massoud||7||2||0||0||1||6'8||5.4 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.5 Ast|
|David N'Guessan||5||2||0||1||1||6'9||6.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.8 Ast|
|Tykei Greene||2||1||0||0||1||6'4||2.7 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast|
|Abayomi Iyiola||2||1||0||0||1||6'9||3.4 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast|
|K-State 7 Turnovers||77||30||4||4||14|
|Miami 2023||Pts||Reb||Stls||Blks||Fls||Ht||Actual Season|
|Nijel Pack||14||3||1||0||1||6'0||13.6 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 2.3 Ast|
|Isaiah Wong||13||3||1||0||2||6'3||16.2 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.2 Ast|
|Jordan Miller||7||9||0||1||2||6'6||15.3 Pts, 6.2 Reb, 2.7 Ast|
|Wooga Poplar||6||7||0||0||3||6'5||8.4 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 1.5 Ast|
|Norchad Omier||18||7||0||5||2||6'7||13.1 Pts, 10.0 Reb, 1.3 Ast|
|Bensley Joseph||5||2||0||1||1||6'1||5.3 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 2.0 Ast|
|Harlond Beverly||9||1||0||0||1||6'5||3.5 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast|
|Anthony Walker||2||1||0||0||2||6'9||2.8 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.3 Ast|
|AJ Casey||2||1||0||0||1||6'9||0.9 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast|
|Favour Aire||2||1||0||0||1||6'11||0.6 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.0 Ast|
|Miami 12 Turnovers||78||35||2||7||16|