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RV/RV Kansas State vs 13/14 Kansas: Open Game Thread

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It’s time for the Sunflower Showdown, with the lead of the Big 12 at stake.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State
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It seems like it has taken forever to get to today.

Both in the short term (having to wait since last Saturday’s beat-down of OSU), and the long term (the last time K-State and KU met with K-State ahead in the Big 12* standings was never), this game has taken a while to get here. Ever since the Wildcats wrapped up the win in Stillwater, fans have been salivating over this match-up. For the first time in forever Kansas looks beatable, so much so that the Wildcats are the favorite at home. Probably have to go back to the 80’s since the last time that happened.

The Wildcats will need to play like they did against Oklahoma State if they want to win tonight’s game. Lock-down defense and clean, useful passing on offense were the keys to that blowout. And against KU’s zone, the Wildcats will need to make sure they avoid turnovers.

This one is here for the taking, let’s hope these Wildcats are ready to take it.

We’ve got the late game tonight, with tip-off scheduled for 8:05pm CST. The game will be available on ESPN with on Sciambi (play-by-play), Stan Van Gundy (analyst), and Chauncey Billups (analyst) on the call as part of ESPN’s College Basketball/NBA Crossover broadcast. 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 Sirius 106 / XM 199 / Internet 953. If you’re in to that sort of thing, there’s also a national radio broadcast from Compass Media Networks with Drew Bontadelli (play-by-play) and Doug Gottlieb (analyst) on the call. 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 (16-5, 6-2 Big 12)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes
G: #5 Barry Brown Jr.
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Kansas Jayhawks (17-5, 6-3 Big 12)
G: #5 Quentin Grimes
G: #11 Devon Dotson
G: #24 Lagerald Vick
G: #30 Ochai Agbaji
F: #1 Dedric Lawson

Go Cats!