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Kansas State Star Dean Wade Doubtful For NCAA Tournament

Dean Wade attempts a basket vs. Lehigh.

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 24: Dean Wade #32 of the Kansas State Wildcats drives in for a basket against James Karnik #13 of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the first half on November 24, 2018 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

The last few years have been tough for Kansas State's Dean Wade. The Wildcats will likely be without the star forward in the NCAA Tournament, after missing much of last year's Big Dance.

In 2018, Kansas State was one of the surprises of the Tournament. Kansas State, a 9-seed, upset Kentucky to reach the Elite Eight.

Dean Wade, who averaged 16.9 points on the year, played eight minutes in that game. It was his only appearance of the tournament, as he dealt with injuries late in that season as well.

KSU lost to Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in the Elite Eight.

This year, Kansas State won a share of the Big 12 regular season title, and is the No. 4 seed in the South Region.

They got a tough UC Irvine seed in the first round, and now may be without Wade for the game.

Head coach Bruce Weber says that Dean Wade is doubtful for Kansas State's NCAA Tournament run.

Via CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein:

Wade's per game numbers are a bit down from last season, but the team was better. He averages 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game for KSU this year. Hopefully he'll recover in time to play at some point in this tournament. KSU and UC Irvine tip off at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. They're playing the first weekend of the tournament in San Jose.