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Western Illinois and Chicago State at Kansas State: Game times, TV info, radio, streaming, odds and more

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It’s time to get this party started, EMAW.

Western Illinois invades Bramlage for the first time since the Jacob Pullen era.
Western Illinois invades Bramlage for the first time since the Jacob Pullen era.
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There’s no Wildcat football this week, which is the perfect vacuum in which to get the 2016-17 basketball season underway. In the two pre-season exhibition contests, we saw some good things; whether those will translate into success against Division I schools is a question to which we’ll start to get the answers tonight. And it’s a doubleheader!

The games: The Kansas State Wildcats host the Chicago State Cougars, followed by the men welcoming the Western Illinois Leathernecks in double-header action at Bramlage Coliseum. It’s the second meeting between the Wildcat women and the Cougars; the first was last year’s bizarre 63-54 win in Chicago, when the power went out and the teams had to change venues to finish the game. As for the men, they’ve played WIU three times, all resulting in wins; the most recent was back in November 2009, and we all know how that season turned out. It’s the second time Bruce Weber has met the Leathernecks; he beat them back in 2003, which wasn’t exactly a bad season for the Illini either.

Odds: No line on the women’s game, of course. The men are favored by 19.5 over the Leathernecks.

Tipoff: Friday, November 11 at 5:30pm CT, Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan, Kansas. The men’s game will tip at 8pm, barring unforeseen delays in the opener.

Tickets: Tickets are available from the ticket office for $10, $20 for chairbacks. There’s a Veteran’s Day special, too: general admission ticket plus a camo hat for $15, $10 for veterans.

Television: The women’s game is not televised, on your TV anyway. The men’s game will air on FS Midwest at 8:00 CT with Brian Smoller and Stan Weber, as long as you’re in Kansas or Kansas City; elsewhere, the game may be available on an extended ESPN Extra channel. (Those are the upper 700s on DirecTV.)

Radio: K-State Sports Network. Matt Walters and Kristin Waller have the women’s game, while Wyatt Thompson and Walters handle the nightcap. There is no satellite broadcast.

Online: Video streaming via KStateHD.tv, with the radio team for the women; subscription IS required. Live stats and audio also available at that same link. The men’s game will stream on ESPN3, with audio streaming and live stats via K-State Gamecenter.