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It’s tournament time...sorta.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Sunday evening, the second-half of yet another K-State basketball double header. The women beat Lamar earlier this afternoon 68-43 led by Breanna Lewis's double-double of 18 points and 14 rounds, which puts her over 600 rebounds in her illustrious career, and improve to 3-0 on the young season.

Your Kansas State Wildcats men’s basketball team hosts Hampton this evening in the first of two opening round games of the Barclays Center Classic. K-State will host Robert Morris on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn for the semifinals of the tournament Nov. 25-26, joining Boston College, Maryland, and Richmond.

Hampton enters this evening’s game with a 1-1 record after splitting its first two games, losing 67-56 at Rider on Nov. 11 and a beating Chowan in overtime 70-69on Thursday. Hampton returns only one starter from a team that posted a 21-11 record, won the MEAC tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates are led in scoring by freshman guard Jermaine Marrow, who is averaging 12 points/game. Joining him in double figures are graduate transfer forward A.J. Astroth and sophomore guard Kalin Fisher, who are both averaging 11.5 points/game. Hampton will have a tough task ahead of it, as no MEAC team has ever beaten K-State, and Hampton is itself 0-1 versus the Wildcats, losing in 2000.

The Wildcats have opened the season 2-0, and are currently being led by Barry Brown, who has scored in double figures both games and both exhibitions, averaging 16.3 points on 55 percent shooting (22-of-40), including 50 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range, during the four game span. With a win tonight, Bruce Weber will pass Lon Kruger on the K-State all-time wins list as the two are currently tied at 81, and with a strong Thanskgiving Week and tournament victory, could pass Jim Woolridge (83) and tie Tom Asubry (85).

As usual, the game will be broadcast on FSN Kansas City (state of Kansas/Kansas City metro area) and ESPN3 (outside the state of Kansas), as well as available on K-StateHD.TV. Audio, as always, is available on the K-State Sports Network and streaming online at K-StateSports.com.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #4 D.J. Johnson

Hampton
G: #4 Lawrence Cooks
G: #12 Imani Miller
G: #23 Kalin Fisher
F: #22 Trevond Barnes
F: #31 Charles Wilson-Fisher

Go Cats!!