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Kansas State vs Alabama State: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats welcome in the Hornets to Bramlage while looking to get back up after last Saturday’s loss.

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Kansas State
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All good things must come to an end, and for Kansas State, it was a 33-game home non-conference winning streak that came to an end on Saturday night. It wasn’t like the last time the Wildcats lost at home — a miserable 50-46 loss to Georgia that had followed an even more miserable 58-56 loss to Texas Southern — but a loss is a loss, and so the streak must start anew.

That begins tonight, as the Wildcats welcome in the Alabama State Hornets from Montgomery, AL, who are in the midst of a 15-game road trip to start the 2019-20 season. They have already faced four teams that were ranked or receiving votes when the Hornets visited, and still have a trip out to Eugene, OR to faced a Top 15 ranked Ducks squad just before the end of the year. Such is the early-season life for many teams of the SWAC (oh, hey, that ‘14-15 Texas Southern team that beat the Cats won the SWAC that year...).

This is a game the Wildcats should win handily. Or they could sleep-walk through it, as this team has shown it is prone to do, and it could end up as an ugly game, win or lose.

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 Bridget Howard (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 (5-3)

G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #11 Antonio Gordon
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Alabama State Hornets (1-7)

G: #0 DJ Heath
G: #24 Kevion Stewart
G/F: #1 Leon Daniels
G/F: #5 Tobi Ewuosho
F: #21 Mike Stone

Go Cats!

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