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16/15 Kansas State at 15/16 Kansas: Open Game Thread

The Wildcats head east to the land of the squawks hoping to build on their Big 12 lead and bury the Jayhawks for good.

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Imagine if you will “Team A”, leading the conference, and looking to bury their rival in the standings with a big win. Then imagine “Team B”, sitting in third, needing to win at home to keep their hopes at a conference title alive.

Most years in the last few decades, Team A has been the Kansas Jayhawkss, and since 2006 Team B has often been the Kansas State Wildcats. But this is 2019, and for the first time since the 1970’s Team A is the team in Manhattan, not Lawrence. What a strange world we live in. We’ve been in uncharted territory for a while, but we’re starting to reach new heights of historical importance.

So, the last time K-State won two in a row against KU was between 1993 and 1994, when Dana Altman’s last two sqauds managed to beat KU in Kansas City in the 1993 Big 8 tournament, and then the following January in Lawrence. To find a sweep, we must travel back to 1983, the last time K-State beat KU at home until 2007, when the Wildcats picked up wins four and five in a five-game win streak over KU in the final year of Ted Owens reign in Lawrence.

The last time K-State won an out-right conference title? 1977, when Jack Hartman’s charges performed the triple-sweep of Kansas, winning first in Manhattan, then in Lawrence, then in Kansas City as the Wildcats won both the regular season and conference tournament titles.

A win tonight and these 2018-19 Wildcats could start to etch their names among the absolute best at Kansas State. But they still have to survive Lawrence, the “Phog”, and a KU squad that has been very good at home even as they get dismantled on the road.

It’s going to be a fight, but for the first time in many, many years, these Wildcats have not lost before the game has even started (h/t TB).

We’re on the second week of our Big Monday road trio, so tonight’s game is scheduled for a 8:07pm CST tip-off, and will be available on ESPN with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst), and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) on the call. You should also be able to access the game on

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/ and at Satellite coverage is also available at XM 382 / Internet 973 (might be the KU broadcast). If you’re in to that sort of thing, there’s also a national radio broadcast from Westwood One Sports with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analyst) on the call. Live stats are available at, and Twitter updates (@KStateMBB) will also be a part of the coverage from K-State Athletics.


Kansas State Wildcats (21-6, 11-3 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Kansas Jayhawks (20-7, 9-5 Big 12)
G: #5 Quentin Grimes
G: #11 Devon Dotson
G: #30 Ochai Agbaji
F: #1 Dedric Lawson
F: #33 David McCormack

Go Cats!