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K-State got dirty for a win -- and it showed

Maybe there’s still hope for Kansas State.

The Wildcats (14-7, 2-4 in the Big 12) held off Baylor Monday night in a game that could prove crucial to their NCAA tournament hopes. (Watching the game, however, I’m not sure there’s hope for K-State fans. It. Was. Ugly.)

And for that, they have Will Spradling to thank. The freshman guard scored a career-high 17 points and committed no turnovers, something the sloppy Wildcats sorely need without Denis Clemente. Also, his defense was a plus.

“That’s the thing Frank loves about him,” teammate Jacob Pullen told the Kansas City Star. “He doesn’t care about getting his nose bloody. He gets in there, he tries to rebound, he’s on the floor for loose balls. Those are the type of things that made us a good team last year, and we’re trying to get back to this year.”

Better hope Spradling keeps it up. A trip to Kansas looms on Saturday. That good feeling may not last long.

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