Kansas State-South Dakota basketball preview

12/09/2013 5:39 PM

12/09/2013 5:40 PM

P No. South Dakota Ht. Yr. PPG
F 50 Trevor Gruis 6-10 Sr. 11.0
F 23 Tyler Flack 6-7 So. 6.0
G 12 Brandon Bos 6-1 Jr. 14.9
G 1 Trey Norris 6-0 So. 7.0
G 13 Adam Thoseby 6-5 So. 6.5
P No. Kansas State Ht. Yr. PPG
F 42 Thomas Gipson 6-7 Jr. 12.0
F 25 Wesley Iwundu 6-7 Fr. 7.3
G 55 Will Spradling 6-2 Sr. 8.5
G 2 Marcus Foster 6-2 Fr. 14.0
G 1 Shane Southwell 6-7 Sr. 8.5

• WHEN/WHERE:

7 p.m. Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

• TV/RADI O:

Fox Sports KC; WHB (810 AM)

• ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA (3-5) :

The Coyotes came within one point of evening their record at .500 in their last game, but fell to Wyoming at the buzzer. South Dakota is led by Brandon Bos, a junior guard who averages 14.9 points. Trevor Gruis, a 6-10 forward, is one of the most experienced big men K-State will face before the start of Big 12 play. Joey James is the interim coach at South Dakota. He has been serving in that role since longtime coach Dave Boots retired in September.

• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (5-3):

The Wildcats got December started right by following up a win over Central Arkansas with an impressive victory over Mississippi. Now they will try to keep the winning streak going. Thomas Gipson has been key for K-State lately. The junior forward is averaging 12 points after missing the start of the season because of a concussion. Bruce Weber said on Monday that limiting turnovers will be important moving forward. Outside of Will Spradling, the Wildcats have struggled in that area.

• BOTTOM LINE: This is a good opportunity for K-State to build off the momentum it gained from beating Mississippi. A focused attack should end with a relatively easy victory.

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