Well, that didn’t go too well. But really, that wasn’t only slightly worse than expected. Kansas State Wildcats were an underdog according to Vegas, and the line probably would have been even more accurate except for a late foul by Kaosi Ezeagu that allowed Bradley to stretch the lead just a bit further.
And the Wildcats start isn’t going to get any easier. Next up in the Little Apple Classic is former Big 12 mate Colorado Buffaloes. The last time these two teams met was 2011, when the Buffs won all three contests between the two on the way out the door. Tad Boyle was in his first season at Colorado that season, and he’ll be looking to make that four straight tonight.
Overall, the Wildcats hold a 96-47 advantage all time against Colorado. And even though the two haven’t played in over nine years, the Buffaloes still are the 6th-most played opponent for the Wildcats since 1950. A win today by the Buffaloes would allow them to match their longest win streak in the series at four (the Wildcats once won 14-straight from 1971 to 1976).
While the Wildcats struggled to a 10-point loss in their opener, the Buffs cruised to an 84-61 win over South Dakota in the evening game. Expect more of the same tonight, as the young Wildcats are still figuring out the college game and Bruce Weber’s system.
Don’t be too surprised if the Wildcats get blown out in this one.
We’ve got a prime-time tip-off from Bramlage today, with a 7:35pm CT start that can be seen on ESPNU with Chuckie Kempf (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) on the call. You might be able to stream the game via WatchESPN if the game isn’t blocked in your area. No fans will be in Bramlage today, just a limited number of player’s family and facility staff, so expect a weird-feeling atmosphere.
If you don’t get ESPNU, or can’t access the stream, you can listen to Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (analyst) call the game on much of the K-State Sports Radio Network (Wyatt and Stan are in Waco), and also available online via the TuneIn App and at K-StateSports.com, and satellite radio on XM 375.