Jerome Tang took his time finding the right players to fit into the program he wanted to build at Kansas State.
They meshed just right, taking in a season that started with them being picked to finish last in the Big 12.
Four have been downright super.
Anchored by fifth-year seniors Markquis Nowell, Desi Sills, Tykei Greene and Abayomi Iyiola, Kansas State is heading from the Little Apple to the Big Apple to face Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
“To have guys who have 100 college games under their belt, there are just certain things that you pick up that it doesn’t matter how talented you are that you can’t gain it except through experience,” Tang said.
Super seniors have had a huge impact on the teams that have made it this far in
Nine of the 16 remaining teams have players in fifth seasons granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic. They bring experience, leadership and presence with them on these deep runs into the bracket.