Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb, left, gets a shot off around Kansas State’s Dean Wade (32) at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Iowa State won, 78-64. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS)
Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb, left, gets a shot off around Kansas State’s Dean Wade (32) at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Iowa State won, 78-64. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS) Bo Rader TNS
Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb, left, gets a shot off around Kansas State’s Dean Wade (32) at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Iowa State won, 78-64. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS) Bo Rader TNS

Sam Mellinger is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 2000. He has won numerous national and regional awards for coverage of the Chiefs, Royals, colleges, and other sports both national and local.