There were a lot of happy people in Kansas States locker room after the Wildcats clinched a spot in the Sweet 16, but no one had a bigger smile than Dean Wade.
Turns out not playing in victories over Creighton and Maryland-Baltimore County because of a foot injury made the 6-foot-10 junior forward appreciate the success more than being in the starting lineup.
We have been working toward this goal all season, Wade said. We had a lot of ups and downs, but we just kept fighting. Kamau (Stokes) went out and Cartier (Diarra) stepped up big-time. Ive been out and other people stepped up. We just keep grinding. We could have given up a hundred times during the season, but we never did. We just keep fighting and winning games.