Bruce Weber didn’t bite.
Asked Wednesday if he needed a victory in Kansas State’s Big 12 Tournament opener against Baylor to save his job, the Wildcats’ men’s basketball coach put up a stop sign.
“All I’m worried about is Baylor, and getting these guys worried about those guys,” Weber said.
Weber said he was proud of the way his team responded after what had to be the season’s low point, a 30-point loss at Oklahoma on Feb. 25.
After that defeat, one week remained in the regular season and it appeared Kansas State’s season was over. The effort in Norman was lifeless, and Weber, whose teams have missed postseason play the previous two years after making the NCAA Tournament in his first two, seemed to be on the hot seat.
But Kansas State won its final two regular-season games, at TCU and at home against Texas Tech, to improve to 19-12 overall and 8-10 in conference play. The Wildcats will be the sixth seed on Thursday against the Bears. The game tips around 8 p.m.