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K-State hopes big game leads to bigger things for sophomore guard Mike McGuirl

When Mike McGuirl scored 17 points to help Kansas State beat Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last March it felt like the start of something big.

McGuirl was a freshman guard back then and he seemingly came out of nowhere to star on the biggest stage in college basketball. Surely he would build off a game like that and play that way more often as a sophomore.

That’s what K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber thought, anyway. So you can imagine his surprise when McGuirl flopped in K-State’s first 14 games this season, averaging 2.