Dec 29, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Will Spradling (55) dribbles through UMKC Kangaroos forward Kirk Korver (44) and forward Thomas Staton (13) during the Wildcats

Kansas State Prepares For Season Opener

Feb 9, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Thomas Gipson (42) controls the ball as Iowa State Cyclones forward Georges Niang (31) defends during the game at Bramlage Coliseum. Wildcats won 79-70. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The opening game of the Kansas State men’s basketball season is only a day away now. The Wildcats will take on Northern Colorado at home in Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State is 85-24 all time in season openers and will be looking to make it 86, coming in at 16.5 point favorites. Here is all the information you need to catch the game:

Who: Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky Conference) The Bears are coming off of a 13-18 (10-10) season, finishing tied for fourth place in the Big Sky Conference.

Keys to the Game:

1: Get an inside presence: Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson and D.J. Johnson will have to be strong in the paint. Northern Colorado have big players that will provide a challenge in the paint. With the loss of Angel Rodriguez and Rodney McGruder, Kansas State will be needing consistent post play while the guards become comfortable.

2. Control the tempo: Kansas State coach Bruce Weber knows that Will Spradling is his best guard and can be a good shooter, but when the Wildcats get impatient in their offense and try to rush Spradling doesn’t get the ball back in his hands to take shots. Controlling the tempo will also allow the K-State big men to plant down low in the paint and make an impact on offense and rebounding.

3. Harass Northern Colorado’s veteran guards: Northern Colorado is a team loaded with experience with 9 Seniors or Juniors on the roster. We’ve seen teams like this cause “more talented” teams problems in recent years, but if Kansas State can harass them in the way they have become known for doing they can expose the Bears’ tendency to commit turnovers. Kansas State must not get out of control though and allow open 3 point shots.

Where: Bramlage Coliseum Manhattan, KS

When: 8:00 pm Central

Television: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: K-State Sports Network

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