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Kansas State faces Chicago State to close the non-conference slate

The Wildcats gets back to action after over a week off, meanwhile the Cougars are going on three days rest.

Dec 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Tylor Perry (2) celebrates during the second half against the Wichita State Shockers at T-Mobile Center. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a minute since your Kansas State Wildcats have hit the hardwood in competition. The Wildcats took the week off between Christmas an New Year’s Day, with the last game coming against Wichita State nearly two weeks ago now. So tonight will hopefully be a game for the TangCats to shake off the bit of rust, and make sure things are running smoothly before conference play begins this weekend.

Chicago State, conversely, had two games last week, and are coming in after already playing 19 games during this transitional year after leaving the WAC, but before joining the Northeast Conference next season. They have a major upset over cross-town rival Northwestern under their belts, but have otherwise been unimpressive. The Cougars have two players averaging double figures lead by nearly 19 a game from junior guard Wesley Cardet, and have been opportunistic at forcing turnovers, but are otherwise sloppy themselves and have had a penchant for getting out-rebounded.

This should be a game K-State runs away with, and gets action for the younger players down the bench. Speaking of the bench, transfer guard Ques Glover may finally be available tonight...then again, maybe he won’t. Regardless, the Wildcats need to play with the same intensity as they did against Wichita State, otherwise this could be a long, ugly night.

Tonight’s matchup is scheduled for a 7:01pm 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 385 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action over there.

Go Cats!