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Kansas State-Northern Colorado basketball preview

Updated: 2013-11-07T23:07:21Z

• WHEN/ WHERE: 8 p.m. Friday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

• TV/RADI O: Fox Sports Kansas City; WHB (810 AM)

• ABOUT NORTHERN COLORADO (0-0): The Bears return the bulk of a team that won 13 games a season ago. Its starting lineup is filled entirely of juniors and seniors. Northern Colorado reached the NCAA Tournament in coach B.J. Hill’s first year, but has struggled to compete in his past two. It returns 76 percent of its scoring and 83 percent of its rebounding from last year’s team.

• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (0-0): The Wildcats enter the season in better health than they did for last week’s exhibition game, but guard Omari Lawrence injured his ankle on Wednesday and may be a game-time decision. It is also uncertain whether Thomas Gipson, a returning starter, will suit up. He did not attend the exhibition game, and Bruce Weber has described his status as “day-to-day.” He has practiced all week, but Weber hasn’t said if he will be able to play.

• BOTTOM LINE: Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson hope to continue the strong play they showed in the exhibition game. Southwell and Spradling, who were both quiet, are looking to do more.

PNo.Kansas StateHt.Yr.PPG
F11Nino Williams6-5Jr.
F50D.J. Johnson6-9So.
G55Will Spradling6-2Sr.
G2Marcus Foster6-2Fr.
G1Shane Southwell6-7Sr.

PNo.Northern ColoradoHt.Yr.PPG
F1Derrick Barden6-5Sr.
F22Tim Huskisson6-5Jr.
F34Connor Osborne6-9Sr.
G5Tevin Svihovec6-2Jr.
G15Tate Unruh6-4Sr.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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