Men’s basketball hosts UC Irvine tonight

The Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team play the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. on Nov 14, 2017. (File photo by Cooper Kinley | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State men’s basketball team will play the University of California, Irvine at home tonight in Bramlage Coliseum, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. following the women’s game against Florida A&M.

UC Irvine’s record is 1-1 for the season, with both regular season games played away from home.

K-State returns three starters and eight lettermen from the 2016-2017 team that finished with 21 wins and an NCAA tournament bid. Junior guards Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown Jr. and junior forward Dean Wade have returned as starters for this season.

The Wildcats are 2-0 so far this season after convincing wins over American University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Wade scored a combined 28 points in the first two games this season. Following close behind was Brown with 24 points.

In the home opener against American University, the Wildcats won 83-45. K-State’s defense only allowed 14 points in the paint, four second-chance points and four fast break points. Staying tough on the defensive end, American was held to 30 percent in field goals and just 25 percent of three-pointers attempted.

All five starters finished with at least 8 points and four finished in double figures, led by Wade with 17. Stokes added seven assists, while sophomore forward Makol Mawien recorded nine rebounds for the night. Sophomore forward Xavier Sneed had four steals in his 28 minutes of play.

K-State also won 72-51 against UMKC. The Wildcats shot 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from three-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line. Twenty-five points came from players off the bench.

Brown led the scoring for K-State with 14 points in 27 minutes on the court. Sneed ended the night with 26 minutes of game time, contributing 13 points. Graduate forward Mawdo Sallah added 11 points in 20 minutes of game action.

Fans who are not able to make it to tonight’s game between the Wildcats and the Anteaters can watch on Fox Sports or K-StateHD.TV.

The next game for the Wildcats will be at home against Northern Arizona University on Nov. 20, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

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