The last home game was expected to be easier than any game in Kansas State’s trip to The Bahamas. But was not expected was just how easy it was for the Wildcats (4-2), especially coming off the emotional letdown of losing to Miami, coupled with some travel issues getting home.
But that was last week. And while struggling, tonight’s opponent should put up more of a fight. Oral Roberts is just 2-3 in Russell Springmann’s first season in Tulsa, and all three losses have come away from Tulsa. But one of those as a 66-74 loss at #13 Texas A&M a couple weeks ago, so these Golden Eagles do have some fight in them. Oral Roberts has been good at times, and went 30-5 just last season and 18-0 in the Summit League en route to the league’s auto-bid (and a first-round loss to Duke), as well as Paul Mills getting the Wichita State job in the offseason.
However, the Eagles are struggling to get out of the gate this season. This is another game that the Wildcats should be able to put their foot down, get some action for the younger guys on the roster, and get back to their late-semester studies without too much of a headache. At least as long as the guys come out focused and ready to go.
Time to go 1-0, and move on to the next thing.
Tonight’s matchup is scheduled for a 7pm CT tip at Bramlage Coliseum and will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Ben Boyle (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Sophie Smith (sideline reporter) on the call. You’ll also be able to hear the game online at K-StateSports.com (and via the Varsity Network app), plus parts of the K-State Sports Radio Network and on SiriusXM 388 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action over there.