Who: Tulane Green Wave (7-6 Overall, Conference USA) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (8-3 Overall, Big 12)
Where: Brooklyn, New York; Barclays Center
When: Saturday 4pm
TV: Fox Sports 2
Head Coach Bruce Weber and Kansas State Wildcats are coming off nearly a week’s rest following another big statement win last Saturday in Wichita against the then #21 Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Wildcats with a balanced attack led by Thomas Gipson who had 14 points, along with the outstanding freshman Marcus Foster, who also had 14 points as the Wildcats defeated the Bulldogs 72-62, extending their longest winning streak to six games.
Now, Kansas State is heading to Brooklyn to take on the Tulane Green Wave, who won the Westin Holiday Classic last weekend. The Wildcats, with their mixture of seasoned veterans and talented freshman, continue to make strides as they close in on conference play.
Kansas State would like nothing better to extend their winning streak, and transfer some intensity from the Gonzaga encounter.
What 2 Watch 4
Keep the Balance Going
K-State is continuing to get outstanding play from Thomas Gipson, who is coming of another double digit game against a ranked opponent. Marcus Foster on the other hand, is starting to make a statement for one of best freshman in the conference. Adding Wesley Iwundu and Shane Southwell into the mix, K-State can go toe-to-toe with anyone they might face.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Southwell, who is from nearby, and will look to continue his great playof late in front his friends and family.
Hold Solid Ground
Kansas State defensively held Gonzaga to a season low 62 points last Saturday afternoon, and forcing season-tying high 12 turnovers by the Bulldogs. The Wildcats scored 13 points off those miscues, and held a small 32-31 advantage on the glass, including 10 offensive rebounds. The team has now out-rebounded their last seven opponents by a margin of 283-214.
On Saturday, the Cats will look to contain Tulane’s Louis Dabney, who scored 20 points in the win versus Northeastern.
X-Factor: Marcus Foster and Jevon Thomas
Marcus Foster’s all around ability is starting to take shape for the Wildcats in recent games. The main highlight was a huge slam dunk in the early moments of the 2nd half last week to swing the momentum back to K-State at a key juncture in the ballgame. Foster’s hustle on both sides of the court will be key. Everybody has been waiting for point guard Jevon Thomas to make his appearance with the Wildcats. He could be on the floor for the first time on Saturday afternoon.