It’s not great to go to overtime at home in the non-conference, but Oral Roberts finally looked like the team picked to finish second in a tough Summit League, and hopefully your Kansas State Wildcats learned that they just cannot overlook anyone on the schedule.
And hopefully we see just how much they learned, as the Cats (5-2) face off against a North Alabama team that was picked to finish 7th in the ASUN (one spot behind Bellarmine). The Lions (4-3) have played just one power conference team so far, getting rocked 81-54 at Mississippi State several weeks ago.
But that just means the Wildcats need to do the same, or better. Also, the TangCats only beat Bellarmine 83-75, so we have two really good benchmarks for how this game should go. The Cats should put away the Lions early, put their foot down, and comfortably put away their third ASUN team this season. Anything less is unacceptable.
But if our Wildcats get caught looking ahead to Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats of Villanova, this could be a long game.
This afternoon’s matchup is scheduled for a 1pm 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 Hannah Whetstone (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 389 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action over there.