Much to like in the Kansas State men’s basketball loss to Iowa State

Jerome Tang could have reacted in two ways after Kansas State’s narrow 80-76 loss to Iowa State Tuesday night at the Hilton Coliseum.

It had to be frustrating that the Wildcats came so close to bursting the Hilton Magic bubble in 5th place and got nothing. But instead, Tang opted for the half-full approach, and with good reason.

After all, the Wildcats are still 17-3 and tied with Iowa State (15-4) and Texas for first place in the Big 12 at 6-2.

“I thought that was just going to be an amazing Big 12 game,” Tang said after the Wildcats became the first team to play Iowa State in single digits on their home court. “The setting was amazing.

“Obviously we wanted to win but what we really wanted to see was how much we improved compared to a week ago.”