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Kansas State at Texas: Open Game Thread

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The Wildcats are in Austin to face a very good Longhorns squad. Hopefully it doesn’t get too ugly.

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It’s already been a long January, and it’s not getting easier any time soon. The Wildcats missed their game this past Wednesday against Iowa State (which still hasn’t been rescheduled) due to a combination of COVID and injuries (mostly injuries) that left K-State below the six scholarship player minimum set for this season by the Big 12. They’ve got a couple guys back for today, but K-State is still playing with a skeleton crew.

And even under normal circumstances, the Wildcats would have an uphill battle today. The No. 4/4 Longhorns look great this season, and while they’re six-game winning streak got snapped on Wednesday with a visit from Texas Tech, they are still on track to compete with Baylor for the Big 12 title race. This is still the team that destroyed KU in Allen Fieldhouse, and they’ve had great luck with injuries and COVID.

So it’s likely to not be pretty today. Moral victories don’t show up on the stat sheet, but a loss by 10 or fewer would feel like a big win for this beleaguered Wildcats squad. But it also wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for the Wildcats to lose this game by 40 points (or more).

Cheer for the Wildcats, hope for the best, but don’t be surprised when it gets really bad. Go Cats.

We’ve got a primetime game today in, with a 7:05pm CT start that can be seen* on The Longhorn Network with Lowell Gallindo (play-by-play) and Lance Blanks (analyst) on the call. You might be able to stream the game via WatchESPN, but only if your TV provider carries LHN already. Sling appears to be the only streaming provider that carries LHN, and I’m pretty sure they have a free trial, but no guarantees (this is not an endorsement, only an option).

If you don’t get LHN and don’t want to deal with Sling, 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 385.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Kansas State Wildcats (5-8)

G: #5 Rudi Williams
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Selton Miguel
G: #3 DaJuan Gordon
F: #21 Davion Bradford

Texas Longhorns (10-2)

G: #2 Matt Coleman III
G: #3 Courtney Ramey
G: #1 Andrew Jones
F: #4 Greg Brown
F: #20 Jericho Sims

Go Cats!