The Kansas State Wildcats took a page from the Kansas City Chiefs’ playbook in the waning seconds of their victory over Kentucky on Sunday.
In a second round showdown featuring a battle of two Wildcats clubs, it was Kansas State who prevailed 75-69. Markquis Nowell led the way for Kansas State with 27 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Leading 69-64 with just 26.7 seconds remaining, Kansas State players decided to line up in a football-like “shotgun” formation for an inbound play. The move worked alright, as the Wildcats retained possession and drew a foul.
Per Nick Jacobs of KSHB 41 News, Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang revealed that they call that play “Mahomes”, in reference to Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs are known for coming up with a plethora of crafty plays under Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid. And hey, the team is now celebrating their second Super Bowl victory in four years. So no, it doesn’t hurt to mimic some plays from the world champions.
Kansas State will try to continue their momentum when they play the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday (6:30 p.m. EST).
The Wildcats’ victory comes one day after their rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks, were stunned by Arkansas 72-71 in second round play on Saturday. The loss prevented the powerhouse Jayhawks from becoming the first back-to-back champions since the 2006 and ’07 Florida Gators.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.