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Kansas State vs LSU: Purple clash in Baton Rouge

The Wildcats take on the Tigers in their first true road game of the season.

Tylor Perry #2 of the Kansas State Wildcats shoots the ball against Mark Armstrong #2 of the Villanova Wildcats in the first half at Bramlage Coliseum on December 5, 2023 in Manhattan, Kansas. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

You Kansas State Wildcats head back into action after a thrilling overtime win over Villanova in the Big 12/Big East Battle on Tuesday, and while the other Wildcats weren’t ranked, it still goes down as a major win for your Wildcats this season.

But what momentum and energy built from Tuesday night’s win was likely destroyed as ... some stuff has happened in the intervening days that has created a massive distraction around the program.

So K-State (7-2) will have to ignore the noise today as they face off against an interesting LSU squad. The Tigers are 5-3 on the season, with a nice win over Wake Forest in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Classic before Thanksgiving, while they also lost a home contest to Nicholls early on in the season and got smacked around by Syracuse a couple weeks ago. The Tigers are led by super-senior forward Will Baker, a true 7-footer that transferred in from Nevada this offseason. Baker has been putting in nearly 15 points per game and nearly 6 rebounds per game, and is joined in double-digit scoring by Jordan Wright at a little over 12 points per game. Wright is also a super-senior transfer, as the guard spent his first four collegiate years at Vanderbilt.

This is a bit of a homecoming game for three Wildcats. Junior guard Cam Carter is from nearby Donaldsonville, and freshman guard Dorian Finister is from down the road in New Orleans. Also, sophomore forward Jerrell Colbert played his first collegiate season at LSU two years ago, though under a different coaching staff than the current crew in Baton Rouge.

Hopefully the Wildcats can avoid a fourth-straight overtime game in their first true road game of the season, and can get out of Louisiana with another resume-packing win.

Today’s matchup is scheduled for a 12:30pm CT tip at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA and will be aired on the SEC Network and available online at WatchESPN with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (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 385 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action over there.

Go Cats!