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Kansas State vs Tulsa: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats and Golden Hurricane meet in Wichita’s Intrust bank Arean

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Things couldn’t have started much better last time out. The Kansas State Wildcats came out on fire in their last game, going up 27-4 before the opponent got themselves into the game, and ended up cruising to a 86-49 victory.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane should put up slightly more resistance, but the Golden Hurricane are coached by Frank Haith, who is 0-2 versus K-State (from his first year at Missouri, their last in the Big 12). But all-time Tulsa is 5-1 against K-State, though the teams haven’t played since 1990. And Coach Bruce Weber is 2-0 in his career against Tulsa. So...who knows.

If the Cats come out hitting on all cylinders like they did against South Carolina Upstate, they can beat just about anyone. But the Cats have shown little knack for consistency over the last few years, and 2017 has started out no differently. The change of scenery could be enough to throw off this team, or it could focus them more. Hopefully it’s the latter.

The big question heading in to tonight’s 7:10 p.m. CT tip is the status of Xavier Sneed, who was hampered by an injury during the Upstate game that led to X only scoring 6 points and nabbing one rebound in his 24 minutes. Hopefully he got some extra rest since last Tuesday and can play like normal.

Even though tonight’s game is in Wichita, it is being produced as a K-State home game. That means, as ususal for the non-con slate this season, the game will be on FOX Sports Kansas City, K-StateHD.TV [free], and ESPN3 with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call. Be sure and check out Jon Morse’s full How To Watch post for more details.

The game can be heard over-the-air on the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) on the call (you can also listen online for free at TuneIn.com or at KStateSports.com). Satellite radio is available tonight on Sirius/XM 119, and “Internet” 953.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State (8-1)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Tulsa (4-4)
G: #4 Sterling Taplin
G: #10 Curran Scott
G: #13 Jaleel Wheeler
G/F: #2 DaQuan Jeffries
F: #0 Junior Etou

Go Cats!