The penultimate round of regular season games in the Big 12 featured a surprise upset from Bramlage Coliseum: Kansas State gave Texas A&M their only non-Baylor loss of the regular season by beating the Aggies 71-67. And while it was senior night, the star of the game was sophomore Brittany Chambers who scored a career-high 35 points, the most for a Wildcat in a single game since Nicole Ohlde in 2000.
The huge win rocketed the Wildcats up into tournament contention according to the College Women's Hoops S-Factor, which now shows Kansas State in as a #9 seed. Next up for the Wildcats is a winnable game at Kansas on Saturday and the chance to go to a hard-to-deny record of 10-6 in conference, followed by what's likely to be a date with the worst team in the league, Nebraska, to open the Big 12 tournament. Kansas State should now be able to control their own tournament destiny by simply winning the games they should win, something that K-State has done quite well in conference season.
For Texas A&M, the loss meant the drop of one position in the S-Factor, but in reality it just means that their predicted #2 seed is not to be taken for granted. A first-round loss in the Big 12 tournament could result in the loss of that #2 seed.
Now in: Kansas State, Texas
Now out: Vanderbilt, Kansas
Conferences with multiple bids:
Big East: 10
Big 12: 7
Big Ten: 6
Atlantic 10: 3