Dean Wade ‘doubtful’ for Wildcats game against UC Irvine, possibly longer

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LAWRENCE, KANSAS – FEBRUARY 25: Dean Wade #32 of the Kansas State Wildcats shoots a free throw during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on February 25, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 18th ranked Kansas State Wildcats are headed to the NCAA Tournament once again, this time as a fourth seed.

The Wildcats (25-8, 14-4 in the Big 12) will go into their game against 13th seed UC Irvine on Friday without one of their key pieces.

Senior forward Dean Wade missed the Wildcats two games in the Big 12 Tournament last week in Kansas City, due to a foot injury.

As the team was leaving Manhattan for San Jose, California, Head Coach Bruce Weber spoke about Wade’s status.

“He’s made some progress, I would say he’s doubtful, we can’t put him in jeopardy,” said Weber.

However, Weber was unsure if he’ll be withouth his star forward for the Wildcats entire tourney run.

“I don’t know, he has made some progress and he is moving a little better without pain,” said Weber.  “They still have him in the boot, Dean is off and on on crutches just to kind of ease the pain,” added Weber.

The latest foot injury for Wade, Weber says, happened in the first half of their regular season finale against Oklahoma.

Wade is currently the team’s second leader scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 12.9 ppg and 6.2 rebounds.

Kansas State is 5-3 this season without Wade.

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