Local fans react to K-State's win over Wake Forest

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They cheered, booed and tried to remain hopeful as the Wake Forest men's basketball team lost to Kansas State Tuesday night in the NCAA tournament game in Dayton, Ohio. The victor will be seeded No. 11 in the South Regional and face No. 6-seed Cincinnati on Friday in Sacramento.

Nobody is claiming Wake Forest is one of the top teams in college basketball (the Demon Deacons are in the First Four for a reason), but they are underseeded. Collins has had double-doubles in six of the last seven games overall and will look to post big numbers against Kansas State.

It's a hot topic again as Manning's current team gets ready to play Kansas State in the First Four on Tuesday night.

But just when things started getting interesting, K-State made a 7-0 run to take a 79-70 lead.

The Wildcats were the last team to receive an at-large big on Sunday, but now they're one of the first teams to record a win in the 2017 field. Defense isn't Wake's strong suit so keeping the game flowing and knocking down baskets to win a shootout is no doubt what the team will be looking to do in its first tourney game.

"We need to play a lot better", said Meena Rezazad, a first-year student from Falls Church, Va. "I didn't know that we'd get 95".

Sophomore forward John Collins is a 20-and-10 player for Wake Forest, which is 6-0 ATS in their last six games after an ATS loss. Wesley Iwundu is leading the team with 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and D.J. The physical style of play kept the Demon Deacons at the line, where they converted 29-of-32 attempts, but it also contributed to the victory.

After Tuesday's performance, the Wildcats hope they left some baskets for the Bearcats. To be fair to the Mountaineers, they played several tough opponents in that stretch - West Virginia, Iowa State, Minnesota, Michigan, Arkansas and quality mid-majors in Bucknell, Lehigh and UT Arlington.

New Orleans is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, a span that includes overcoming a hurricane's destruction. The Wildcats hit both free throws and then got the ball back and made a layup to sit ahead on the scoreboard by nine points. The over/under total for the game is listed at 148.5 points.

The Wildcats do have the better defense coming into this one but the Demon Deacons feature a bit more size inside that could be a problem.

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