Kansas State (1-1) will clash with Long Beach State (1-2) on Sunday afternoon in Manhattan. The Wildcats are coming off a win over Oral Roberts, while the 49ers have lost two in a row to Arizona and Loyola Marymount.
Here is all the information you need to catch the game:
Who: Long Beach State(Big West Conference)
The 49ers are coming off of a 19-14 (14-4) season which saw them crowned the Big West regular season champions. Long Beach State will not be the same team that won their conference last year though as they lost many key players, including Big West Conference Player of the Year James Ennis. Keala King and Tony Freeland, who were removed from the program by coach Dan Monson. Freshman contributor Deng Deng was also removed in the dismissal. The 49ers also lost their second best 3 point shooter, Peter Pappageorge, to graduation.
Keys to the Game:
1: Get the offense going: Kansas State does not want to dig themselves a hole early like they did against Oral Roberts, and they need to start the game with more energy than they have been. While some of this could be chalked up to the Wildcats being young and having to work themselves into the games early in the season, they’ll need to get comfortable with the speed and offensive setups soon with the Puerto Rico tournament next week and level of competition increasing in December.
2. Shut down Michael Caffey: The 6’0″ Junior leads the 49ers in both points (18.7 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg) and is the focal point for their offense. He can shoot and gets to the foul line often and could provide a test for Kansas State’s guards’ defensive ability. If he is neutralized, there is only one other major scoring threat for Long Beach State, their inside presence in Dan Jennings.
3. Control the boards: Long Beach State’s 6’8″ Senior Dan Jennings is averaging a double-double with 14.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. With D.J. Johnson the Wildcats will have someone to match Jennings’ height, but can Johnson keep him off the boards and prevent him from getting second-chance points? It’s been reported that Thomas Gipson should be able to return for the game Sunday, giving Kansas State their best post player back. The two should be able to limit Jennings’ impact, and will force Long Beach State to rely on someone else to have a breakout game in order to stay in the game.
Where: Bramlage Coliseum
When: Sunday, Nov. 17 – 3:00 pm Central
Television: Fox Sports Kansas City
Radio: K-State Sports Network