OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick halftime thoughts from Kansas State 41, North Texas 25.
The Wildcats are giving Villanova a crisp primer on how a No. 2 seed should handle a No. 15 in a first-round game. Kansas State didn't waste much time in extinguishing upset hopes for the Mean Green and bringing a partisan K-State crowd to its feet regularly.
The main weapon: vicious defense. North Texas was 5-of-24 from the field in the first half (21 percent) and committed nine turnovers. If the Mean Green hadn't gotten to the foul line (13-18 free throws) this would really be out of hand.