The Florida Atlantic Owls continue their quest Saturday night with an Elite 8 matchup against the Kansas State Wildcats. Florida Atlantic comes into Saturday with 34 wins on the year riding a lengthy win streak after a 7 point victory over Tennessee in the Sweet 16. Defensively Florida Atlantic was fantastic allowing only 55 points on 33.3% shooting and the Owls forced six turnovers, while winning the rebounding battle as well. Offensively Florida Atlantic was the better team knocking down 42% of their shots to score 62 points including forty in the second-half to erase a five point halftime deficit.
Johnell Davis led the way for the Florida Atlantic offense with 15 points on nine shots in 28 minutes of action. Nicholas Boyd was second on the team with 12 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes as the only other Florida Atlantic starter in double figures, while Alijah Martin chipped in a third best nine points on six shots in 28 minutes of action. Michael Forrest led the way off the Florida Atlantic bench with 11 points on seven shots and 17 minutes of game time.
The Kansas State Wildcats come into the Elite 8 on Saturday running hot with 26 wins in the year after a 5 point overtime victory against Michigan State. Defensively Kansas State did just enough allowing just 93 points including only 11 in the overtime on 49.2% shooting and the Wildcats forced 13 turnovers as well. Kansas State was fantastic pouring in 98 points after a 16 point overtime on nearly 56% shooting and 45.8% from beyond the arc.
Keyontae Johnson led all scorers for Kansas State against Michigan State with 22 points on 18 shots after playing the full 45 minutes of the game. Markquis Nowell orchestrated the Kansas State offense with 20 points and a NCAA tournament record 19 assists in 43 minutes of action, while Cam Carter chipped in 12 points in 37 minutes as well. Ismael Massoud carried the load up the Kansas State bench with 15 points on eight shots in 27 minutes of action.