Kansas State-Long Beach State basketball preview

11/16/2013 11:49 AM

11/16/2013 1:12 PM


3 p.m. Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.


Fox Sports KC; WHB (810 AM)


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.


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.


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

P No. Long Beach Ht. Yr. PPG
F 35 Dan Jennings 6-9 Jr. 14.7
F 11 David Samuels 6-7 Jr. 6.7
G 2 Kris Gulley 6-7 Jr. 2.7
G 5 Mike Caffey 6-0 Jr. 18.7
G 31 McKay LaSalle 6-3 Jr. 7.3
P No. Kansas State Ht. Yr. PPG
F 50 D.J. Johnson 6-9 So. 12.0
F 11 Nino Williams 6-5 Jr. 6.0
G 1 Shane Southwell 6-7 Sr. 7.0
G 2 Marcus Foster 6-2 Fr. 16.5
G 55 Will Spradling 6-2 Sr. 9.0


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