Kansas State (5-3) will take on South Dakota (3-5) on Tuesday evening in Manhattan. Kansas State is coming off of their best win of the year against Ole Miss. They Wildcats played well and were able to pull out a win in a close game which required K-State to play at their best and could serve as a launching pad before Big 12 Conference play begins.
Here is all the information you need to catch the game:
Who: South Dakota (Summit League)
The Coyotes went 10-20(5-11, 7th) last year but there is a chance for real improvement in 2013-14. Long-time South Dakota coach Dave Boots retired in September after amassing a 503-235 record at South Dakota and 618 wins total. Interim Head Coach Joey James sees five of the top six players return, losing only former K-State transfer Juevol Myles. The record from last year also included 3 losses by a total of five points to Summit League co-champion Western Illinois.
Keys to the Game:
1: Build from Last Game: The game against Ole Miss was perhaps Kansas State’s first sign of real ability this season and gives hope that the Wildcats’ season can move in an upward arc but young teams are notoriously inconsistent. K-State will need to shed that inconsistency in order to be successful in late December and in conference.South Dakota’s five losses so far this year are not to top competition but the Wildcats will still need to be sharp to prevent an upset and can use the game to further their confidence for upcoming competition.
2. Guard Play: South Dakota has two of the Summit League’s best shooters in Casey Kasperbauer and Brandon Bos, the team leader with 14.9 ppg. K-State’s young guards will need to play well on defense to keep them from hitting too many three pointers for the weak Kansas State offense to keep up. The Wildcat guards will also need to continue helping rebound. Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell are both averaging more than 5 rebounds per game and they will need to help keep Trevor Gruis (6’10; 6.1 rpg) from getting rebounds and second chance opportunities for the Coyotes.
3. Offensive Rebounds: Kansas State is well known for not being the best shooting team and currently two guards are out-rebounding the posts on the team. South Dakota is a big team, with 4 players at 6’8 or above and the Wildcat posts can use the game as a challenge on themselves to start making a bigger impact in the post. D.J. Johnson and Thomas Gipson both will need to prevent Trevor Gruis from getting too many rebounds off of long shots on his offensive side as well.
Where: Bramlage Coliseum
When: Tuesday, Dec.10 – 7:00 pm Central
Television: Fox Sports Kansas City
Radio: K-State Sports Network