• 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 wont 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-States first two games and its exhibition because of what he described as a head injury.
• BOTTOM LINE: This should be Kansas States easiest game yet. As long as it takes care of business it should win by double digits.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org