Markquis NowellJamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos by means of Getty Images March Madness is not implied for familiar outcomes. College basketball fans do not flock to their screens to view the guys’s NCAA competition since it vigilantly follows the script of the routine season. We desire turmoil. We desire upsets and buzzer-beaters and roller-coaster video games. More than anything, we desire stories. And the Kansas State Wildcats are a remarkable one. Thanks to a wild, awesome 98-93 overtime win over the Michigan State Spartans, their experience isn’t done. Markquis Nowell took the night with 20 points, an NCAA tournament-record 19 helps and 5 takes. Keyontae Johnson scored a team-high 22 points, and 4 other ‘Cats netted a minimum of 11 points. The success pressed Kansas State into the Elite Eight, one action more detailed to an unlikely nationwide title. Unlikely, since November, that is. Kansas State opened the project with something near to absolutely no external expectations. In the preseason survey, Big 12 coaches voted the ‘Cats to end up last in the league. Based upon what occurred throughout the offseason, that anticipate definitely wasn’t an extravagant view. In 3 previous years, K-State completed 11-21, 9-20 and 14-17 with a combined 21-33 record in conference play. The program ended no much better than ninth in the 10-team Big 12 in any of those seasons. The long stretch of losing triggered 10-year coach Bruce Weber to resign, although a modification of management might have taken place anyhow. Jerome Tang, a newbie head coach, took control of. He presumed control of a flailing program that returned crucial guard Markquis Nowell, part-time starter Ismael Massoud and no one else. Why would that recommend, you understand, this? Sure, the ‘Cats jumped into the transfer website. They generated Johnson (Florida), Desi Sills (Arkansas State), David N’Guessan (Virginia Tech), Cam Carter (Mississippi State) and Tykei Green (Stony Brook). They likewise included Nae’Qwan Tomlin from Chipola College. With the advantage of hindsight, we see the personnel’s excellent skill recognition. In the minute, the Wildcats– who had 9 outbound transfers and 2 elders– were merely filling out a taken apart lineup. Johnson had tremendous upside, however he collapsed on the court in December 2020, entered into a clinically caused coma and successfully had not played ever since. Sills used some experience, however Green and Tomlin both leapt from a mid-major/lower level. N’Guessan and Carter had actually merely been function gamers at their previous stops. Continue to March, and there is absolutely nothing unexpected. Bleacher Report @BleacherReportMARKQUIS NOWELL TO KEYONTAE JOHNSON OH MY GOODNESS pic.twitter.com/pGyZxVNxXh Kansas State notched a 23-9 record with a third-place surface in an extremely competitive league. The group rose as high as 5th in the AP survey and protected a No. 3 seed for the Big Dance. Understanding their real efficiency, the ‘Cats aren’t a Cinderella and– even as MSU was a minor favorite at lots of sportsbooks Thursday night– are barely an underdog. They are unforeseen. No program sustaining that much turnover in one offseason is expected to be here. First-year, novice head coaches so seldom make the Elite Eight. Nowell, a 5’8″ guard, isn’t near to prototypical size for an All-American playmaker. Johnson rather actually is lucky to be alive, not to mention playing at this level. Just a phase as cherished as March Madness can amplify Kansas State’s journey in a proper light. Just a triumph as thrilling as a back-and-forth overtime win might correctly magnify its effect. And possibly it was just fitting that Kansas State’s accomplishment occurred in Madison Square Garden– simply the most renowned basketball arena in the world– versus Tom Izzo, a Hall of Fame coach. What a video game. What a story. And the Wildcats may not be ended up.