CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Two years ago, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber asked his players who was going to be his stopper on defense.
A scrawny freshman named Barry Brown immediately raised his hand. Weber blew it off at the time, but over the past three years Brown has turned into one of the best on-ball defenders in college basketball.
He proved that again on Friday night, scoring 18 points and helping ninth-seeded Kansas State's defense stymie Marcus Foster and No. 8 Creighton's high-powered offense in a 69-59 wire-to-wire victory.