Kansas State-Long Beach State basketball preview

11/16/2013 1:12 PM

11/16/2013 1:12 PM

• 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.

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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