Remove Dean Wade from the lineup and the Kansas State basketball team becomes unpredictable.
Sometimes the Wildcats rally around his absence and play at a high level the way they did last year in the NCAA Tournament. Other times, they go cold and look abysmal.
We saw a little bit of both from K-State during a 70-61 victory over TCU in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday at the Sprint Center.
The Wildcats looked out of sorts in the opening moments without their star forward and fell behind by 12 points in the first half.