It's a tall test for the men in Ames today, but just as with Tuesday, it's a win-draw situation. A loss to the Cyclones isn't a doom bell, but a win would be massive. In Manhattan, a much easier task awaits the women.
The game: Kansas State (14-5, 5-1, 22/ARV) visits Iowa State (14-3, 2-3, 16/17). K-State leads the series 135-80, and hold a 50-46 advantage in Iowa. The teams split their two meetings last year, each winning at home; those are the only two games Bruce Weber and Fred Hoiberg have coached against one another. Weber is 2-1 against the Cyclones, having picked up a win against them prior to coming to Manhattan; Hoiberg is 4-4 against the 'Cats, with a 3-2 mark at Hilton.
Odds: Iowa State is a whopping nine-point favorite in Vegas.
Tipoff: 12:30pm CT at Hilton Coliseum (14,356) in Ames, Iowa.
Tickets: $20-$30 through the Iowa State box office.
Television: Big 12 Network, with Mitch Holthus on play-by-play and Chris Piper on color. Here's the clearances for the game (far more limited coverage than normal due to Texas/Baylor also being a "Big 12 Network" game and sharing the time slot):
If you're not covered above, and you have DirecTV or Dish with the sports package, try Altitude or MASN. (If those don't work, y'all get to watch the game without me, as I'm stuck with UT/BU.)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (also Sirius 137/XM 192), with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber. Note: the game will NOT be broadcast on KMAN or KBLS, as the women's game will be there. In Manhattan, switch to KMKF 101.5.
The women will host the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown.
The Game: Kansas State (8-10, 2-5) hosts Kansas (9-10, 2-5). K-State leads the series 62-44, with a 30-14 edge at home. The Lady Cats have won 21 of the last 25 meetings after Deb Patterson started out 3-9 against the Jayhawks.
Tipoff: 1pm CT at Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: $5-$12 at the K-State Box Office.
Promotion: Today is Willie's Birthday! I don't know what that means exactly.
Television: FSN/RSN, with Bob Licht on play-by-play and Brenda VanLengen on color. For Cox customers in Kansas, that's channel 34 or 2034; DirecTV 680 or 680-1; Dish 447, 9517, or 412-35.
Radio: KMAN and KBLS, with Brian Smoller on play-by-play and Claire Coggins on color.
Note that since both games take place at the same time, we'll have a combined game thread.