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Kansas State HC credits Patrick Mahomes for inspiring creative inbounds play

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 3/19/2023 Darryn Albert, Larry Brown Sports
Kansas State Wildcats head coach Jerome Tang. © John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Kansas State Wildcats head coach Jerome Tang.

The Kansas City Chiefs are inspiring other sports teams in the area with their innovation.

With his team holding a five-point lead in the closing seconds of Sunday’s Round of 32 game against Kentucky, Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang dialed up a very creative inbounds play. 

He had three of his players line up on the baseline before two of them jumped out to set what was essentially a bubble screen. That allowed the third player, guard Markquis Nowell, to get the inbounds pass without issue.

Take a look.

Nowell is an elite free-throw shooter at 88.5% on the season and is also the team’s best ball-handler. He got fouled after receiving the inbounds pass and sank both ensuing foul shots as Kansas State held on to win 75-69, clinching a berth in the Sweet 16.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Tang credited Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs for inspiring the inbounds play. “We actually call it ‘Mahomes,'” Tang said.

Mahomes and the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs are known for their extremely inventive playcalls (we saw one particularly memorable one just this past season). Now their impact has gone beyond the gridiron and onto the hardwood as well.

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