First, the last time these two teams met, exactly two weeks ago, Texas was coming off a big 79-74 win over the then-No. 12/15 Oklahoma Sooners in Austin. That win by the Longhorns started a nose-dive for the Sooners that was continued last Saturday as the Longhorns again knocked off the now un-ranked Sooners in Norman 77-66 (the same Sooners that just got trucked 104-74 by KU on Monday night). Even if the Sooners are bad, it was still a good win for Texas, who snapped their own three-game losing streak that started with their home loss to our very own Wildcats.
Second, K-State entered the last meeting with two-straight humiliating losses and in need of a win to help correct momentum. It took every second, but the Cats prevailed 67-64 to momentarily stop the fall. Fast forward two weeks, and the Cats are coming off two-straight wins that have given K-State some renewed energy. This time the Cats are looking to continue momentum with a win instead of stopping it.
Third, last time up we talked about the Longhorns’ roll-coaster cycle that saw them cycle between win and loss throughout the conference slate. K-State hit in their normal down trough to keep the cycle up, and though that cycle ended with the next game, a loss for UT at TCU, their win against OU on Saturday actually put them back on track for the cycle. That means that, should the cycle hold again, UT is set-up for a loss tonight.
Of course we are still talking about K-State, who could just as easily win or lose by 20 points tonight. But K-State is 8-0 against the teams below them in the Big 12 standings, and beating Texas in Manhattan should theoretically be easier than beating them in Austin. Theoretically. Welcome to Weberville.
Tonight’s game, scheduled for a 8 p.m. CST tip-off, will be on ESPNU/ESPN3 with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) on the call.
The game can be heard over-the-air on the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) on the call (you can also listen online for free at TuneIn.com or at KStateSports.com). Satellite radio is available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and “Internet” 953.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (19-8, 8-6 Big 12)
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12)
G: #2 Matt Coleman
G: #12 Kerwin Roach II
G: #13 Jase Febres
F: #21 Dylan Osetkowski
F: #4 Mo Bamba