Mr. K-State, Ernie Barrett, has been waiting 63 years for this.
“When I found out who we were playing in the NCAA Tournament, I called (Bruce) Weber and told him I was really pleased we were playing Kentucky,” Barrett said. “Excited that we were going to have another chance at them.”
Barrett’s chance against Kentucky came in the 1951 national championship game in Minneapolis. K-State had drubbed Oklahoma A&M, 68-44, in the semifinals in Kansas City. It looked like the Wildcats’ year.
And it was. The year for the Kentucky Wildcats.