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K-State vs Boston College: Open Game Thread

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Round-ballers from the Little Apple are in the Big Apple (well, Brooklyn) and set on winning a tournament.

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Your Kansas State Wildcats men’s basketball team hits to road for the first time this season for a trip to New York for the final games of the Barclays Center Classic. The Cats will play Boston College in the first of two semifinal games (the game you’re all hear for), and the winner will play either Maryland or Richmond in the championship game on Saturday at 8:30pm CST with the consolation game set for 6pm CST.

The Cats and the Eagles have never met in the regular season, but are 1-1 in NCAA tournament play, with the Cats winning in 1975, and the Eagles winning in 1982. This will be the second game for the Cats in the Barclays Center after a 72-41 win over Tulane on Dec. 28, 2013 in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.

While 3-1 on the season, Boston College is not a good team. The Eagles finished last season at 7-25, including losing their last 19 and were picked last in the preseason ACC polls. 2016 started just as bad as BC lost it’s season opener to Nicholls State at home, and while the broke 80 points in their last two victories, they allowed their opponents over 70 in both games. The Eagles, while returning three starters from last year, are basically playing with a new team as the 2016-17 squad includes four freshmen and three transfers, including two graduate transfers. You can read up more on the BC Eagles over at our sister-site BC Interruption.

K-State is still being led offensively by sophomore guard Barry Brown, who has continued his streak of double-figure scoring in every game so far this season. While while the Cats couldn’t keep the four double-figure scorers streak alive against Robert Morris, the Wildcats still have gotten three double-digit scorers in every game this season. Forward Dean Wade will also be looking to continue his hot streak, as the sophomore nearly notched a double-double against Robert Morris on Tuesday.

This game, as well as others in the tournament, will air on the American Sports Network, and will be carried locally across a wide range of networks including COX Sports TV, KMCI (Kansas City), and KMTW (Wichita). You can find the full list in this release from K-State Sports. K-State Sports also indicates there is a free live online video stream available at AmericanSportsNet.com. 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

Boston College
G: #1 Jerome Robinson
G: #2 Connor Tava
G: #0 Ky Bowman
F: #11 A.J. Turner
C: #15 Mo Jeffers

Go Cats!!