Well, the Wildcats are 3-0 to start the season. That’s pretty good, right?
Well, maybe not when the team seems to come out to start the game ice-cold, shooting a combined 2-32 from behind the arc in the first half of the first three games this season. But the second half performances have all been good-to-great, at the very least good enough to win games with halftime deficits.
I guess it doesn’t matter how you start, as long as you finish well...I guess. Though it would be really great to see this team start much better than it has the last four games (yeah, this trend started in exhibition against Washburn). Need to get that out of their system before they start facing the big boys on the schedule.
Tonight’s opponent shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge. The Golden Lions are 0-3 to start the season, and their offensive output in total rivals the Wildcats first-half outputs. But they play solid defense, and favor the particular kind that seems to cause issues with Bruce Weber’s offense: zone. Specifically, a pretty realistic version of Baylor’s zone defense. So while the Wildcats should have trouble preventing the Lions from scoring, they will have plenty of trouble scoring themselves. At least they’ll get some extra practice against a look they’ll see twice this season.
Tonight’s game, scheduled for a 7:02pm CST tip, can be see on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Missy Heidrick (sidelines) on the call. If you haven’t signed up for ESPN+ yet (and you can do so right here), you can listen to Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) call the game on much of the K-State Sports Radio Network, and also available online via the TuneIn App and at K-StateSports.com.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State Wildcats (3-0)
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #23 Montavious Murphy
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-3)
G: #10 Jamil Wilson
G: #23 Dequan Morris
G/F: #21 Shaun Doss
G/F: #3 Markedric Bell
F: #12 Terrance Banyard
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