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K-State takes on a tough South Dakota State squad in Bramlage

The Wildcats square off against a good Jackrabbits squad tonight in Bramlage

Arthur Kaluma #24 and R.J. Jones #8 of the Kansas State Wildcat blocks out during the game against the USC Trojans in the Naismith Hall of Fame Series at T-Mobile Arena on November 6, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

No off nights on this schedule.

No, Bellarmine wasn’t a great team...though maybe tougher than the young Wildcats had anticipated. No, we’re already looking at tonight’s opponent, who should put real fear into a Kansas State squad that has yet to put together something even close to a full 40 minutes of good basketball.

South Dakota State comes into Bramlage tonight as the preseason Summit League favorites, picked first among a solid group of schools and the favorite to earn the league’s auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament next March. Though despite being a veteran and talented team, the Jackrabbits aren’t without their own flaws and they did drop their home opener to Akron — though the Zips were picked to win the Mac and are also a good veteran team.

The Jacks should put up a good fight tonight in Bramlage, and this is not a game the Wildcats can afford to look past. A win tonight will be good for the resume and for creating momentum headed into the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship this weekend. A loss does the opposite in both areas, and ruins K-State’s 10-game non-con home winning streak that actually goes back to Bruce Weber’s last season in Manhattan.

Jerome Tang wanted a tougher schedule, and he’s certainly gotten a tougher schedule.

Tonight’s matchup is scheduled for a 7pm CT tip at Bramlage Colisuem and will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Hannah Whetstone (sideline reporter) on the call. You’ll also be able to hear the game online at (and via the Varsity Network app), plus parts of the K-State Sports Radio Network and on SiriusXM 375 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action over there.

Go Cats!