The Kansas State Wildcats built a lot of momentum last week. After beating Oklahoma State on the road for just the second time in two decades, the Wildcats came home and picked up a signature win over then #7 West Virginia, snapping a 5-game losing streak to the Mountaineers.
And as big as those wins are, the Big 12 season isn’t even half over yet, and the Cats absolutely need to keep on the right side of .500 in conference play to keep in the NCAA tournament conversation.
To do that, the Cats will need to pick up some more road wins, and that starts tonight in Hilton Coliseum. The Cats are only 1-2 in Big 12 road games this season, and only 14-6 in the Big 12 era in Ames. But the Cats still hold the all-time edge at Iowa State, but a loss tonight would even the series for the Cyclones.
The Wildcat offense was explosive last week, scoring 96 against Oklahoma State, the most ever in a Big 12 road game, and all five starters hitting double-digits against WVU. The Cats will need that again against an Iowa State with two of the league’s top scorers, including three point master Naz Long. The Cyclones also rank 1st in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) with a league-low 10.1 turnovers per contest.
Greg Woods again has your full game preview of tonight’s action, be sure and check it out for a full rundown.
The game, slated for an 8:05pm CT tip, will be broadcast on ESPNU, with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (analyst) on the call, and streaming may be available to you (depending on your location and provider/package) at WatchESPN.com. Audio, as always, is available on the K-State Sports Network (Sirius 81/XM 81) and streaming online at K-StateSports.com.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #4 D.J. Johnson
G: #11 Monte Morris
G: #15 Naz Mitrou-Long
G: #21 Matt Thomas
G: #30 Deonte Burton
F: #10 Darrell Bowie