Kansas State Wildcats enters the New Year and conference play with two game cancellations in a row.
The Kansas State Wildcats and North Florida Ospreys game has been canceled “due to COVID-19 related issues within the North Florida program”, according to a press release from Kansas State.
The game, originally scheduled for Dec. 29, was already a game with an uneasy foundation. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play the Morgan State Bears that same day, but the Bears had COVID-19 issues within their program. Morgan State announced they were pausing all basketball activities effective Dec. 20, with no date announced for their return.
The Wildcats announced the Ospreys as their replacement opponent on Dec. 23, an impromptu matchup for both teams needing a game. The Florida State Seminoles postponed their Dec. 21 matchup against North Florida due to COVID-19 issues within the Seminoles’ program. Now, the Ospreys have suffered the same fate. The Ospreys have canceled all their games until a Jan. 4 matchup against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.
The matchup, while hastily scheduled, was an intriguing one. North Florida, led by former Baylor assistant coach Matthew Driscoll, is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country. The Ospreys rank highly in different 3-point field goal categories, including 15th in total, 16th in attempts, and 23rd in 3-pointers per game. Kansas State is a stingy team, ranking 24th nationally in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. But, the Wildcats hold their opponents to 24.6% from three, good for fourth in the nation. This game would have provided a final test for Kansas State, proving their defense is going to handle Big 12 opponents.
Kansas State has a small break with all the cancellations. They have a 10-day break between games against the McNeese State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats, currently 8-3, could use the rest before starting Big 12 conference play. The Wildcats open conference play against Oklahoma on the road, Jan. 1, 2022.