Men's Basketball Hosts Exhibition vs. Washburn
It's first and only exhibition game of the 2014-15 season, K-State head coach Bruce Weber and his team are ready to see exactly where they stand heading into the new year.
"It is so different for our kids to play before the fans," said Weber on the importance of exhibition games. "Even if it's 100 fans, when you're in Bramlage with people, it's a whole different mind set. It's stress, anxiety, adrenaline. To play in an exhibition with people and TV cameras, it's a practice run, and that's a positive thing."
This season the Wildcats return nine lettermen, including five players with starting experience, from a squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive season in 2013-14.
"Things are going really well," said senior forward Thomas Gipson. "Transitioning to real practice, I feel like everyone is getting comfortable. Our defense is real good right now - we could be a lot better, but with all the pieces we have right now we are doing fine. All we can do is take a step forward."
Along with Gipson, this year's senior class includes forward Nino Williams and guard Shawn Meyer. Sophomores Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu - two key components to the Wildcats' success in the 2013-14 season - will also be looked to to make and impact on the court this season, and adding depth will be fellow sophomore guards Nigel Johnson and Jevon Thomas.
While this year's group of returners boasts plenty of talent, the 2014-15 newcomers will also bring intensity to the court. Both transferring in to the program before the 2013-14 season, junior Justin Edwards and sophomore Brandon Bolden spent last year on the sidelines as redshirts, but, now polished and prepared to represent K-State, the two are ready for their debuts as Wildcats.
New faces fans should keep and eye on during the 2014-15 season are three-star freshman guard Malek Harris from Orland Park, Illinois, and community-college transfer (Northwest Florida Junior College) 6-foot-11 forward Stephen Hurt.
"I am excited to put the jersey back on and get back out there," said Foster. "Play against other people and not just my own teammates."
Washburn comes to Manhattan led by 1973 K-State alumni Bob Chipman who, during his time at K-State helped the Wildcats to 42 wins and a pair of Big Eight titles while averaging 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his two-year career. Chipman is in his 36th season as the Ichabods' head coach, and hasn't played at his alma mater since Oct. 30, 2014 (K-State won, 81-61).
This afternoon's game will mark the second exhibition game this season for Washburn as, on Nov. 7, the team traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, and lost to the Sooners, 73-48.
For more information on this afternoon's exhibition, click here.
Equestrian Takes Down Oklahoma State
The No. 2 K-State equestrian team sustained their home winning streak on Saturday evening at Timbercreek Stables as the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in a head-to-head battle, 12-7.
The win boosted the Wildcats to 15-consecutive home wins in the last two seasons making their overall record at home 15-1 (4-0 this fall).
"It is definitely nice to finish off a strong home streak," said K-State head coach Casie Maxwell. "It builds a lot of confidence for our girls. Oklahoma State is one of the toughest opponents that we have faced all fall. It is good confidence for them going into a tough finish to the Fall on the road so they are going to have to maintain this momentum on the road as we finish up these next two weekends."
For a complete recap of yesterday's meet, click here.