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Kansas State at Texas: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats are in Austin to face off against the Longhorns, but good luck watching it.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Oklahoma State at Kansas State
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Despite some trouble getting out of Manhattan yesterday due to winter weather, your Kansas State Wildcats are in Austin and getting ready for tonight’s game.

Let’s hope the trouble getting out of Manhattan actually helps focus this squad, who have lost seven of their last ten games, and are already 0-2 in Big 12 play. There have been a lot of growing pains for the Wildcats, both younger guys getting up to speed as well as older guys figuring out new roles on the team. The talent is there, but it’s clear that even after the start of the year, these guys are still figuring things out — including trying to learn how to win games.

Fortunately, the team they are facing tonight isn’t doing a whole lot better. Sure, Texas’s 10-4 record doesn’t look so bad compared to K-State’s 7-7 record, but the Longhorns are also 0-2 to start to conference slate and their best win so far might be a 60-50 neutral-court win over Texas A&M back in early December — but they also have a 22-point loss to a 10-7 Providence team on their record. The Longhorns are headed for the type of season that will likely end up being Shaka Smart’s last in Austin. A desperate Longhorns squad could be very dangerous, but is also very vulnerable.

It would be great for the men to join the ladies in the win column tonight, as the MittieCats picked up a very impressive 76-72 victory in Lubbock over Texas Tech earlier this afternoon.

Tonight’s game, set for an 7:01pm CST tip, will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network with Lowell Galindo (play-by-play) and Lance Blanks (analyst) on the call. You might be able to stream the game via WatchESPN if you are in the correct market and have the Longhorn Network already in your TV package.

If you don’t get Longhorn Network (basically most of you), or can’t access the stream, you can listen to Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (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, and satellite radio on XM 384.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State Wildcats (7-7)

G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #23 Montavious Murphy
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Texas Longhorns (10-4)

G: #1 Andrew Jones
G: #2 Matt Coleman III
G: #13 Jase Febres
F: #20 Jericho Sims
F: #33 Kamaka Hepa

Go Cats!