Just in time to take your mind off the crumbling mess to the north, basketball season has arrived to Bramlage Coliseum and the Little Apple (wait....is it 2018 or 1988??).
The 30th anniversary season for Bramlage opens with your Kansas State Wildcats taking on another KSU — the Kennesaw State Fighting Owls. Tonight’s match-up, scheduled for a 7:07pm CST tip off, marks the start of 115th season for the Wildcats, and will be the second time that the Wildcats and Owls have squared off on the hardwood, both in Manhattan.
The Wildcats come in to the season riding high, yet with a fire burning. K-State finished their 2017-18 season in the Elite Eight, but felt like they could have made a deeper run if star forward Dean Wade had been available for the tournament. And so the 2018-19 the Wildcats, led by seniors Wade, Barry Brown, and Kamau Stokes, as well as seven other players from the Elite Eight team, have their sights set on even more. Like the Big 12 title and the Final Four.
But it all starts tonight. And first up are the Owls out of the Atlantic Sun conference. Kennesaw St. returns seven lettermen, including three starters, for a team that finished the 2017-18 season at 10-20 and sixth in conference with an 8-6 record. The Owls, picked to finish seventh (out of 9) in their conference this season, also welcome eight newcomers, including Division I transfers Danny Lewis (UCF) and Drew Romich (Longwood).
This should be a game that the Wildcats win easily — and for the sake of Wildcats fans, lets hope this game is drama-free because there will be plenty of that tomorrow.
Tonight’s game will be available on FOX Sports Kansas City with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Bridget Howard (sideline reporter) on the call. You should also be able to access the game on the FoxSportsGo app, and the game will also be streamed on ESPN3. The channel listings from the SID include DirecTV 671-5 [HD] / Dish 452 or 412-40 / AT&T U-Verse 750 or 1750 [HD].
You will also be able to listen to live audio across much of the K-State Sports Network with with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available streaming for free online via the TuneIn app/TuneIn.com and at www.kstatesports.com/watch. Satellite coverage is also available at Sirius 98 / XM 200 / Internet 954. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateMBB) will also be a part of the coverage from K-State Athletics.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (0-0)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Kennesaw State (1-0)
G: #0 Bobby Parker
G: #4 Tyler Hooker
F: #5 Isaac Mbuyamba
F: #24 Bryson Lockley
F: #33 Kosta Jankovic