Last time out was not a pretty affair for the Wildcats. So much so that Jon spared you his thoughts during the Monday Slate (thank goodness...). So let’s take a page from the basketball team and just move on.
Though last Saturday’s disaster might have had a silver lining. K-State has been known for let-down games, especially when they have a chance for big things. Back in 2013, that game was the last game of the regular season against OSU, falling to the Cowboys in Stillwater with a chance to lock-up a Big 12 title all to themselves.
If it weren’t for the A&M game, the Wildcats could have very easily overlooked this Cowboys squad, who are currently limping through 2019 with just eight* scholarship players (*though only seven are available) and are just 9-11, 2-5 on the season (but somehow still not in last place thanks the West Virginia). But these Cowboys are still dangerous, are are coming off a surprising victory over South Carolina and former K-State head coach Frank Martin.
Hopefully these Wildcats use the A&M game to re-focus, and take down the Cowboys and head into next Tuesday’s big matchup with a game-lead over KU in the Big 12 and a chance to bury the Jayhawks in the conference standings. But they cannot overlook today, they cannot play like the did last Saturday if they hope to do something crazy and special. To have a chance to bury the Jayhawks on Tuesday, these Wildcats need to bury the Cowboys today.
Just win, baby.
This afternoon’s game is scheduled for a 5:05pm CST tip-off, and will be available on ESPNU with Chuckie Kempf (play-by-play) and Reid Gettys (analyst) on the call. You should also be able to access the game on WatchESPN.com/ESPN3.
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 Stan Weber (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 XM 391 / Internet 982 (likely the OSU broadcast). 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 Wildcats (15-5, 5-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-11, 2-5 Big 12)
G: #4 Thomas Dziagwa
G: #13 Isaac Likekele
G: #21 Lindy Waters III
F: #12 Cameron McGriff
F: #14 Yor Anei