A win is a win, especially when things are looking pretty bleak.
A win last Sunday knocked the Kansas State Wildcats out of a couple of losing skids, both the in-season one, as well as the three-game skid to Tulsa. And, keeping them away from a bad historical footnote, made sure the Cats put up seven wins before the start of conference play (an will have a very-slim chance at eight wins in the non-conference against Alabama later this season).
But all that is, basically, over now. It’s a new year, and the start of Big 12 Conference play, and the Wildcats have a chance to start anew and get this season headed back in the right direction. And that starts with a trip to Norman to face off against the Oklahoma Sooners, who, while 9-3 on the season, haven’t exactly looked like world-beaters themselves. It also helps that Bruce Weber, even with bad teams, has managed to find ways to beat Lon Kruger and the Sooners more often than not, sporting a 10-4 record against the Land Thieves during his time in Manhattan (however, all four losses have come on the road).
Now we get a chance to see if the resurgence the Wildcats showed against Tulsa is a turning point, or just a smooth part in the bumpy road.
Things tip off early today, with today’s Big 12 opener scheduled for a 12:02pm CST tip from the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Today’s game can be see on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) on the call. Be sure and check out our full How to Watch info thanks to AMS.
If you haven’t signed up for ESPN+ yet (and you can do so right here), 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,on satellite on XM 387, and also available online via the TuneIn App and at K-StateSports.com.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State Wildcats (7-5)
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #23 Montavious Murphy
F: #14 Makol Mawien
Oklahoma Sooners (9-3)
G: #24 Jamal Bieniemy
G: #15 Alondes Williams
G: #12 Austin Reaves
F: #21 Kristian Doolittle
F: #35 Brady Manek
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