K State was behind by as many as 13, but closed it to 4, before being behind by 7 at the half.
Second half's started, we will keep you up to date.
Two big questions, both about K State: Can they defend KU and can they score on KU? (They looked seriously befuddled during the first 12 minutes of the first half.)
Well, it's the day after the game. K State tied the game at 45-45 with 17 minutes left in the second half.
Then KU spurted. Twice. Outscored the Wildcats 37-20 the remainder of the game. Kansas State could not score consistently. Often the offense consisted of Denis Clemente looking for a path to the basket. Nothing else seemed to work very well. There is no doubt, Kansas is very good, and a lock for a one seed in the Big Dance.
Final score: Kansas 82 Kansas St. 65
Xavier Henry dunks 2 of his team leading 19 points in the second half (photo: KC Star)