Despite only one truly disappointing result, there’s a sense of dread among much of the Wildcat fanbase as we head into Big 12 play. Probably half of that is just learned behavior, but the other half is observing the team’s flaws and being concerned about their correction.
But here we are. It’s time to get serious about some basketball.
Kansas State (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) visits the Iowa State Cyclones (9-2, 0-0 Big 12). K-State still has a commanding 137-87 lead in the all-time series, but a loss tonight would allow the home team to claim the edge in games at Ames as both teams have won 50 times there.
Iowa State was expected to be bad this year, but that hasn’t proven so far to be entirely the case. On one hand, the Cyclones haven’t really beaten anyone. On the other, they did beat Tulsa.
Steve Prohm enters his third Big 12 campaign, and there are two very important statistics which should give all Wildcat fans pause: Iowa State is 4-0 against K-State under Prohm’s guidance, and Bruce Weber is 0-5 in Ames.
Despite the hand-wringing, K-State is a 1½-point favorite tonight. The over is 142, which implies a 72-70 win. OddsShark is much more optimistic, projecting an 83-66 win for K-State.
Friday, December 29 at 8:05pm CT, Hilton Coliseum (14,384) in Ames, Iowa.
ESPNU with Chuckie Kempf and Lance Blanks.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber. In Iowa, you can catch Rich Fellingham and Lyndsey Fennelly on the Cyclone Radio Network; that will also be the feed you receive on satellite (Sirius 135/XM 383).
Video streaming via ESPN3. Audio streaming via K-State and via the TuneIn app. Live stats via StatsBroadcast with the usual caveat that this may be a media-only feed, in which case you may have to rely on ESPN GameCast.