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Kansas State at Oklahoma: Open Game Thread

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We’ve got dinnertime basketball from Norman.

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2021 has not been kind to the Wildcats. Between injuries and COVID, an already young K-State team has been knocked around quite a bit. And that’s just off the court. On the court, the full start of Big 12 play dropped this squad into a raging fire, and the one game that might have ended in the Wildcats favor was postponed due to roster issues with K-State. Zero breaks.

And, of course, today’s game is no exception. The Sooners beat West Virginia in Norman to start the year and have close losses to Tech and KU. They only lost to Baylor by 15 in Waco, and the last time they played they topped a decent TCU team to the tune of 82-46. The same TCU team that beat K-State 67-60 back at the beginning of the year.

Sure, K-State under Bruce Weber has a history of pulling out ridiculous upsets over OU. Bot those were better teams, or at home. Maybe the continued dominance of road teams comes through tonight and the Wildcats pick up a much-needed win. But realistically, the best hope is for the under-manned and out-gunned Wildcats to keep the loss respectable throughout — instead of just on the final score sheet.

But don’t be surprised if the Cats get drubbed yet again.

Today’s odd tip time of 5:32pm CT will be brought to you on FOX Sports Oklahoma / FOX Sports Kansas City (with the start time presumably due to the Thunder game later in the evening), with Chad McKee (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) on the call for a very OU-biased broadcast. You might be able to stream the game online via FOX Sports Live if your provider carries one of those regional channels.

If you don’t get FOX Sports OK or KC, and you 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 (5-9)

G: #5 Rudi Williams
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Selton Miguel
F: #11 Antonio Gordon
F: #21 Davion Bradford

Oklahoma Sooners (7-4)

G: #12 Austin Reaves
G: #11 De’Vion Harmon
G: #15 Alondes Williams
G: #24 Elijah Harkless
F: #52 Kur Kuath