It’s amazing how much things can change after one game. Sure, UCF is going to struggle in Big 12 play, but a conference blowout is nothing to sneeze at. Kansas State came out firing on Saturday, and played as close to a complete game as they have all season.
Now the question becomes, can they sustain it?
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) will get a great opportunity to keep that train rolling today against a West Virginia squad that is in last place in the Big 12, and the only Big 12 team currently below .500 overall. The Mountaineers sit at just 5-9 and 0-1 in Big 12 play after getting smacked around by Houston in their Big 12 opener. The ‘Eers have yet to beat a power conference opponent in five tries, and their best win came a month ago over Drexel in Morgantown.
Of course part of that was WVU not playing with a couple of expected starters, as RaeQuan Battle (whom the Cats beats last year in the NCAA Tournament while he was playing for Montana State) and Noah Farrakhan only became eligible in late December thanks to court action against the NCAA. But still, the ‘Eers have just one game since their return, a 91-81 win over Toledo on Dec. 23rd. For a full preview on West Virginia, be sure and check out Drew’s writeup.
Regardless of who WVU has eligible, this is a game K-State should win. The ‘Eers lost to UMass 87-79 a few weeks ago, and Frank Martin’s Minutemen occupy the spot right above K-State in the most recent NET rankings. Of course the rosters have changed since then, but hopefully Jerome Tang and his staff still have the notes from last March on how to deal with Battle. And hopefully the momentum and energy from Saturday can keep the Cats rolling tonight.
Tonight’s matchup is scheduled for a 6:02pm CT tip at Bramlage Coliseum and will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Joel Godett (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (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 386 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action over there.