Kansas State University

Kansas State-Long Beach State basketball preview

Updated: 2013-11-16T19:12:58Z

• WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

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

• ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE (1-2): Long Beach State, led by coach Dan Monson, has been one of the strongest teams in the Big West in recent years. It regularly plays a difficult schedule and won’t be intimidated by Bramlage Coliseum. But this is a down year for the team. Long Beach State opened the season with a win over Hawaii Pacific but then suffered a blowout loss to Arizona and a narrow loss to Loyola Marymount. Both Long Beach State and K-State are playing in the Puerto Rico Tip-off next week. Monson said this game will be “a bonding experience” for both teams before they get there.

• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (1-1): The Wildcats bounced back from an opening loss to Northern Colorado with a victory over Oral Roberts. Bruce Weber is hoping to get more from Will Spradling and Shane Southwell, who have both been quiet so far. There is a chance junior forward Thomas Gipson will return to the floor on Sunday. Weber said he is hopeful Gipson will be ready to play after missing K-State’s first two games and its exhibition because of what he described as a head injury.

• BOTTOM LINE: This should be Kansas State’s easiest game yet. As long as it takes care of business it should win by double digits.

PNo.Long Beach Ht.Yr.PPG
F35Dan Jennings6-9Jr.14.7
F11David Samuels6-7Jr.6.7
G2Kris Gulley6-7Jr.2.7
G5Mike Caffey6-0Jr.18.7
G31McKay LaSalle6-3Jr.7.3

PNo.Kansas StateHt.Yr.PPG
F50D.J. Johnson6-9So.12.0
F11Nino Williams6-5Jr.6.0
G1Shane Southwell6-7Sr.7.0
G2Marcus Foster6-2Fr.16.5
G55Will Spradling6-2Sr.9.0

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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