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Kansas State at Kansas: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats are in Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks tonight.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State
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Well, that was unexpected.

You probably could have convinced a reasonable fan that the Wildcats would make it a close game. Maybe, just maybe, if things went perfect then K-State might actually even eke out some nasty, 60-59 affair. Even with the purplest of glasses, you’ve have been hard-pressed to see the actual 84-68 victory over the Mountaineers.

It was easily the best game the Wildcats have played as a team all year. And sure, we probably witnessed the apex of the season, at least in terms of performance, but it was sure great for just one day to see the Wildcats smack around a good opponent for 40 minutes. Of course, the problem is now that these guys have shown us just how good they can be, and it’s going to hurt just a little bit more when losses keep pilling up this season. We’re still talking about a freshmen-laden team after all.

But now we know it’s not impossible, just highly improbable, for the Wildcats to go in to Allen Fieldhouse and beat the Jayhawks and the officials. Sure, the outcome is still mostly likely a bad-guy victory, and favoring a beating over a close game, but there is now the ever-so-slim hope that crazy things could happen.

Just don’t bet on it.

We’re a bit early tonight (and the reason the thread is late), with a 6:01pm CST tip that can be see on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) on the call. You might be able to stream the game via WatchESPN if you are in the correct market.

If you don’t get ESPN2, 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 383.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State Wildcats (8-9)

G: #4 David Sloan
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #34 Levi Stockard III
F: #14 Makol Mawien

Kansas Jayhawks (14-3)

G: #1 Devon Dotson
G: #0 Marcus Garrett
G: #30 Ochai Agbaji
F: #33 David McCormack
C: #35 Udoka Azubuike

Go Cats!