The Kansas State Wildcats are moving on in the NCAA Tournament after Sunday’s 75-69 win against Kentucky. Head Coach Jerome Tang gave a special shoutout to Patrick Mahomes following the victory.

“We actually call it Mahomes, for Patrick Mahomes the quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.”

This was Coach Jerome Tang’s response to a question regarding the out-of-bounds play late in the game where multiple Kansas State players started behind the baseline. The play worked flawlessly and helped secure possession for the Wildcats to start play with 26.7 seconds left.

Coach Tang put an emphasis on Mahomes’ Super Bowl winning status, seemingly implying the reason for his inspiration. Coach Tang is trying to build a winning culture in Manhattan; infusing the already two-time Super Bowl champ into the program undoubtedly normalizes success.

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“No ’cause then the other team would know next time we have to use it.”

Before detailing his inspiration for the play, Coach Tang joked that he would rather keep it under wraps. He smiled as he offered his reason for maintaining secrecy, and ultimately offered the story behind the out-of-bounds play.

In general, Jerome Tang’s laid back aura shines in his response to this question and suggests why Kansas State looked to be playing so relaxed in the win. Led by Senior guard Markquis Nowell, the Wildcats played calm and collective basketball from tip to buzzer.

Kansas State now prepares for a matchup against the 7 seed Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan State is coming off of an impressive win versus Marquette, and Kansas State will look to remain poised in their quest for the Elite Eight.