The Opponent: Kansas State Wildcats (11-5, 1-3)
Tip: Saturday, 3 p.m. CST - Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, Kansas
TV/Webcast: ESPNU (Jason Benetti, PxP; Reid Gettys, Color) / WatchESPN
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, PxP; Eric Heft, Color)
Kansas State SB Nation Site: Bring On The Cats
What to Know
Recap: Iowa State Loses Overtime Thriller in Austin - Last time out, the Cyclones fell to 1-3 in the Big 12 after losing to Texas in overtime.
We're Talking Kansas State, Sort Of - Cylentbutdeadly believes EVERYONE needs to do better for Iowa State to end their early-season conference struggles.
Preview: K-State vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Bring On The Cats pinpoints momentum, shot-making and defending the long ball as the key for KSU.
Iowa St.-Kansas St. Preview - ESPN says a loss to K-State today would be the final blow to ISU's Big 12 title hopes.
Travis Hines broke the news this morning that reserve guard Hallice Cooke has been suspended for today's game due to a violation of team rules.
Hallice Cooke is suspended for today's game, ISU spokesperson tells Ames Tribune. Violation of team rules. One-game suspension.— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) January 16, 2016
Likely, this will lead to some playing time for Jordan Ashton off the bench to help shoulder the load for Iowa State's thin rotation. Going with only six guys would be a massive gamble for Coach Prohm, especially if one or two of the starters get into early foul trouble.
Kansas State was expected to be hot garbage this year after a ton of attrition during the offseason, but Bruce Weber has the Wildcats playing at a respectable level, and no win in Bramlage Coliseum ever comes easy for the Cyclones. ISU must put more emphasis into every defensive possession during this game if they're to come away with a road victory, and I think they will.
However, if they don't, then it'll officially be time to press the panic button in Ames (in my opinion).
Cyclones win, but not by much.
Iowa State 85 - Kansas State 79
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