Mar 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Shane Southwell (1) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Oklahoma State in the second half during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 68-57. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats v Central Arkansas Bears Preview

Kansas State (3-3) will clash with Central Arkansas(2-3) on Sunday afternoon in Manhattan. Kansas State will be looking for a victory after a less than successful trip to Puerto Rico that resulted in two losses. Their only victory in the tournament came against previously beaten Long Beach State.

Feb 23, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Thomas Gipson (42) and guard Martavious Irving (3) pressure Texas Longhorns guard Myck Kabongo (12) during the second half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Kansas State beat Texas 81-69. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Here is all the information you need to catch the game:

Who: Central Arkansas (Southland Conference)

The Bears finished last season at 13-17, 7-11 in conference, and lost 30+ points per game in Robert Crawford and Jarvis Garner, last year’s leading rebounder and scorer. Also, head coach Corliss Williamson abruptly left the program for an NBA assistant job leaving assistant Clarence Finlay as interim coach. The leading player coming into this year, LaQuentin Miles, has been out injured with a broken hand.

Keys to the Game:

1: Defend: Central Arkansas has shown they can put up points by scoring 93 in a loss to SIU-Edwardsville. In most of the Bears’ other games they have not broken 60 points though, and coming off the best defensive performance of the season Kansas State should be attempting to hold Central Arkansas under 50 possibly. This will require shutting down the two leading scorers, 6’6 Jalen Jackson and 6’3 DeShone McClure, and making another player make an impact.

2. K-State Offense: The Wildcats have shown glimpses of offensive promise but are still having difficulties scoring points regularly. Central Arkansas is atrocious on defense, exemplified by their 100-93 loss to SIU-Edwardsville. They’ve given up over 90 points in four of their five games this year, and not to great competition. Kansas State should be able to really work in their offense and if they can keep the Bears from scoring too much then it could be a blowout.

3. Control the boards: Central Arkansas’ Jalen Jackson is also their leading rebounder, and likes to pick up offensive boards for putbacks. Kansas State needs Thomas Gipson and D.J. Johnson to use their size to keep Jackson from doing this and getting second chance baskets. Also, on the offensive end the big men need to emulate Jackson’s blueprint. The Wildcats aren’t the best shooting team to say the least and second chance points would go a long way toward securing a victory.

Where: Bramlage Coliseum

Manhattan, KS

When: Sunday, Dec.1 – 3:00 pm Central

Television: Fox Sports Midwest/Kansas City

Radio: K-State Sports Network

Tags: Kansas State Wildcats

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