Men's Basketball Ready for Home Stretch

"Bradley is a very, very physical and athletic team," said head coach Bruce Weber on the 3-5 Braves. "They will really play hard. They'll play a little zone, and they'll play some man. They seem to (play) more grinded out games. They played TCU to a two-point game with a minute left - they had some opportunities. It was close, so they obviously can play with people."
Earlier this season, the Bradley Braves fell to TCU, 57-49, at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, and, like Weber said, it was a close game with the Braves never backing down. Though Bradley will enter Bramlage Coliseum coming off of a 73-45 loss at Memphis, the Wildcats won't be taking this game lightly.
K-State is also coming off a loss - a 65-64 setback at Tennessee - and hopes to use not only tonight's game, but also this entire month at home, as a way to get back on track.
The Wildcats (4-4) have faced their fair share adversity on the road this season, but with four home competitions this month beginning with tonight's contest, the team now has the opportunity to refocus and regroup before hitting the road again in January for Big 12 play.
"Being home this month, it's definitely going to help us out a lot," said sophomore guard Marcus Foster. "Going to Long Beach, Maui and then Tennessee, we barely had time to get practice in. So now being at home, we're going to go through a long stretch where we can get a lot of practice in and that's where we can get better."
Added senior forward Thomas Gipson, "To be back home, it's good for us. We play off the crowd, we play off Bramlage's energy, so I feel like this will be a good, positive stretch for us."
Following tonight's game, the Wildcats will take on Savannah State on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m., before heading to Kansas City to face Texas A&M in Sprint Center on Dec. 20, at 6 p.m., for the Wildcat Classic. With no games during Christmas week, 
K-State will return to Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 28, to take on Texas Southern and then close out its home stretch against Georgia at 3 p.m., on New Year's Eve.
The upcoming month will provide both opportunity and challenges for K-State to grow together as a team heading into its tough conference schedule. And, with a roster filled with talent, the Wildcats have no doubt they'll be ready to go come January.
"Right now our chemistry is good, but it's not where it needs to be," said Gipson. "We're fine right now. We lost a couple of road games, but I feel like we can overcome that and still have the great season that we are planning on."
Single-game tickets for K-State's nine-game Big 12 home schedule went on sale to the public yesterday. To learn more about the 2015 single-game ticket options and plans, please click here.
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Finney, a native of Andale, Kansas, is the second Wildcat to be named a finalist for the award, joining Nick Leckey (2003). A three-time candidate for the award, Finney was joined on the finalist list by Jack Allen of Michigan State, David Andrews of Georgia, Reece Dismukes of Auburn, Andy Gallike of Boston College and Hroniss Grasu of Oregon.
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