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How to Watch USC-Upstate at Kansas State: game time, tv, radio, streaming, odds, trivia

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The Cats welcome a team with exactly as many NAIA championships as Louisville.

The only reason we have a photo of an Upstate player is because Minnesota already beat them.
The only reason we have a photo of an Upstate player is because Minnesota already beat them.
Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

A road win -- and a semi-solid one, Vanderbilt‘s record notwithstanding — was a welcome start to December. Now, the Wildcats return home for another light snack, although one with a pedigree of sorts.

The game

Kansas State (7-1, 0-0 Big 12) hosts the South Carolina-Upstate Spartans (3-7, 0-0 ASun). This the second meeting between the two schools, the first being a 72-53 Wildcat win in Manhattan back in 2012.

Upstate is only entering their second decade in Division I after a successful stint in Division II which saw the Spartans reach the NCAA Division II Tournament six times in 16 years. Before that, the USC-Spartanburg Rifles, as they were then known, put on a big show at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium in 1982 when they captured the NAIA championship.

In the here and now, Upstate has been a pretty good team, landing four CIT invitations in the last six years. The Spartans are under new leadership this year, as former assistant Kyle Perry has taken over for Eddie Payne, the former East Carolina and Oregon State head coach who spent fifteen years in Spartanburg before retiring just before the start of the season for medical reasons.

This will be the final season in the Atlantic Sun for Upstate; just three weeks ago they, as well as Hampton of the MEAC, announced that they’d be joining the Big South in 2018.Odds

Odds

There is no line on the game, which is sort of strange insofar as OddsShark’s prediction oracle expects an 81-68 win for the Cats. Only a 13-point spread there, and Vegas has tended to be less kind to K-State than OddsShark thus far, so it’s surprising that the game isn’t on the board.

Tipoff

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:10pm CT, Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan, Kansas.

Tickets

$10 or 4 for $30; chairbacks $20.

Television

FOX Sports KC with Ben Boyle and Stan Weber.

Radio

K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Matt Walters.

Online

Video streaming via both ESPN3 and KStateHD.tv. Audio streaming also via K-State and via the TuneIn app. Live stats via Sidearm.