K-State's Big 12 Journey Continues Wednesday

So when the Wildcats tip off against No. 21/20 West Virginia (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) at 7 p.m., in WVU Coliseum tomorrow evening, K-State will have its hands full for the second time this season against the Mountaineers' difficult press defense.
"It's really hard to simulate in practice," said head coach Bruce Weber about West Virginia's style of play. "You can watch film, but when you go against it, it's 40 minutes of chaos."
The last time the two teams matched up on Jan. 27, in Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats fell, 65-59. In a game where the combined total of fouls and turnovers was nearly 100 (54 fouls, 45 turnovers), K-State's tough loss was a game Weber defined as a "bar fight" when it was all said and done. 
While West Virginia's unique, gritty style of play held the Wildcats back the last time the two teams matched up, there was more to the Wildcats' loss than just trying to beat the press.
K-State went 20-of-35 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line and made just 18-of-49 (36.7 percent) buckets from the field.
"They never let you get a rhythm, but when you go back and watch the tape, our free throws could have been a big difference maker and we had 14 missed lay-ups," explained Weber on Monday morning. "West Virginia makes you go up. They're physical on plays, but we had four or five where you've just got to make that lay-up."
If K-State can eliminate mistakes on the offensive end tomorrow evening, it will have a chance to pull off the upset and get a much-needed conference win. 
"You start adding that up (missed free throws and layups) and you cut back the turnovers, then you'd hope you have an opportunity to be there at the end, and we were right there at the end and throughout (the last game against West Virginia)," added Weber. "I hope our guys come with a great deal of enthusiasm this week. It seems that the second time teams have played them that they have a little better feel of what they're doing."
Tomorrow evening's game will be aired nationally on ESPNU while fans can also listen on the K-State Sports Network.
For game notes and more information on the game, please click here
Tennis Hosts Missouri State Tomorrow
By Randy Peterson
No. 66 Kansas State women's tennis will look to put an end to a five-match losing streak tomorrow afternoon as the Wildcats host Missouri State at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
The Wildcats will be led into competition by senior Amina St. Hill and sophomore Livia Cirnu. St. Hill has won a team-high seven straight matches and is 11-1 in her last 12 completed matches. St. Hill leads the Wildcats with an 11-4 record this season, including a 5-0 mark in dual match play. She is 3-0 from the No. 5 position in the lineup and 2-0 at No. 6. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, owns a career mark of 47-45 in singles action.
Cirnu ended a personal two-match skid over the weekend with a pair of wins. In the last seven completed singles matches, Cirnu won five of those competitions. For the season, Cirnu is 9-7 and is 3-2 this spring. In her career, the product of Constanta, Romania, is 25-24.
For more information on tomorrow afternoon's home match, please click here, or for the full 2015 Wildcat tennis schedule, click here
 
 

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