Kansas State runs Patrick-Mahomes inspired in-bounds play in NCAA tournament
By Matt Conner
The Kansas State Wildcats used an interesting in-bounds play in their win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament.
There’s no denying the influence on Patrick Mahomes when it comes to the success of the Kansas City Chiefs and even his mastery over the entire NFL. But apparently, even the parameters of the game of football aren’t enough to contain his impact.
In fact, the Kansas State basketball team has Mahomes to thank for a special in-bounds play used on Sunday beyond the second round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with a 75-69 win over the sixth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the field of 32, which is the farthest they’ve made it in the NCAA tournament since 2018—quite an achievement for head coach Jerome Tang in his first season.
One key play that everyone talked about was an intriguing in-bounds play that made the audience excited and/or confused late in the game. As the Wildcats went to pass the ball in-bounds with les than 30 seconds to play, here came a familiar look.
Following the game, head coach Jerome Tang described the play.
The reporter asks, “You got it from Baylor, right? Green said, “Yeah… we stole it from somebody else. We actually call it ‘Mahomes’ for Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.”
Was that a bubble screen? We told you some were confused when watching those final seconds.
The play also found some admirers.
It won’t be long until most of us are just pointing to Mahomes after we do anything well.