A loss at home is never a good thing, but it’s doubtful that Jerome Tang expected his first non-conference home loss to come in quite so ugly a fashion. But at least there’s nowhere to go but up from here, and that starts tonight against Wichita State in the 12th Wildcat Classic.
The Shockers look far different than the team that came into Bramlage last year and couldn’t hold off a furious Kansas State comeback to fall 55-50 the evening after the Wildcats football squad captured their third Big 12 title. Paul Mills is now at the helm in Wichita after a very successful run at Oral Roberts. He’s gotten the Shockers off to an 8-3 start, just like the Wildcats, But their best wins are over old Missouri Valley foes Saint Louis and Southern Illinois, however WSU did fall to South Dakota State 79-69 at Koch Arena just a couple weeks ago, a team K-State beat 91-68 in Bramlage earlier this season.
The Shockers are a squad that these Wildcats should beat convincingly. However, K-State had a problem with effort and rebounding against Nebraska, and that’s something that could easily sink them against this Wichita State team. The TangCats are not a good shooting team this year...well at least not good at shooting consistently...and they need to do all the other things well if they want to keep winning basketball games.
This should be a fun environment for the Wildcats, as the crowd in Kansas City should be decidedly pro-purple (it is, after-all, technically a home game). Hopefully they can use that to get back on track and get back into the win column. If not, it could be another long night for K-State.
This evening’s matchup is scheduled for a 7:30pm CT tip at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO and will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Ted Emrich (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (analyst) 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 381 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action over there.