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Dean Wade Says He Is "98 Percent" Sure That He's Going To Play Against Kentucky

Bruce Weber talks to his team.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: Head coach Bruce Weber of the Kansas State Wildcats speaks with his team against the Loyola Ramblers in the first half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kansas State junior forward Dean Wade seems pretty confident that he's going to be able to play against Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

Kansas State has a date with Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, and it looks like the Wildcats might have the services of their best player.

Dean Wade, who hasn't played since March 8 against TCU, said that is he "98 percent sure" that he's going to be able to play against the Wildcats. Wade suffered a stress fracture in his foot in early March and has missed the team's last three games.

Kansas State was able to get to the Sweet 16 without him in the lineup. The Wildcats took down 8-seed Creighton in the first round, 69-59, and then outlasted 16-seed UMBC in the second round, 50-43.

Wade's return could be huge for the Wildcats. For the season, he averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. He's a 6-foot-10, 230-pound, dynamic big man.

Kentucky, still, will be favored. UK features more talent at nearly every position, and it seems like head coach John Calipari has the Wildcats playing well at the right time. All that said, this NCAA Tournament has been an unpredictable as any in recent memory.