Boy, stuff sure sneaks up on you fast. It’s basketball time at Bramlage tonight, believe it or not, and we’ve got all the info you need to get yourself prepared.
The Kansas State Wildcats host the Emporia State Hornets in the first of two exhibition contests to open the 2019-20 season. K-State will be without Dean Wade, Barry Brown Jr., and Kamau Stokes for the first time in forever, while we’ll likely see the debuts of DaJuan Gordon, Antonio Gordon, Montavious Murphy, and JUCO transfer David Sloan. Before the game, the 2018-19 Big 12 Champions banner will be hoisted to the rafters, and the first 1500 fans will receive a mini-replica of same.
This will be the 23rd meeting between the Wildcats and their teacher’s college cousins. K-State is 14-8 all-time, although the previous five games have all been exhibitions. The first 17 were back in the days before divisions existed and the Emporia Teachers would play the Kansas Aggies on a relatively regular basis.
Craig Doty is in his second season at the Hornet helm after a 14-16 campaign last season, five more wins than Emporia State had in the previous campaign. Doty came to Emporia from Graceland College in Lamoni, Ia., where he spent two years and led the NAIA school to a record of 49-22 and the 2018 NAIA Division I national championship. Before Graceland, he coached Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill., compiling a 113-28 record and taking the Golden Eagles to three consecutive NJCAA Division III national championship games, winning two.
Emporia’s roster is almost entirely newcomers, with only two players having seen prior action as Hornets. Junior Duncan Fort, from Osage City, appeared in 29 games last year, starting five and averaging 3.2 points a game; senior Marquis McCray saw action in 12 games and posted a 1.1 PPG.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats got bounced from the NCAA Tournament by Cal-Irvine Anteaters on March 22 in a 70-64 first round upset. Tears were shed.
Emporia State was eliminated from the MIAA Tournament on March 7, losing 82-79 to Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals.
Don’t be silly.
Tip is scheduled for 8:02pm at Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan.
Tickets are still available from the box office, ranging from $5 to $20.
The game airs on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service, with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst) and Bridget Howard (sidelines) calling the game. You can subscribe here.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) will call the game on the K-State Sports Network and on the TuneIn app.
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