The Kansas State men’s basketball team picks back up after a home win over Lehigh with a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to play the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday.
This will be the No. 12-ranked Wildcats’ first true road game of the season. They will play in the brand new Fiserv Forum shared by the Golden Eagles and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
Marquette will be a solid early measuring stick for K-State. The Golden Eagles have beaten last season’s NCAA tournament darling Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), and power six school Louisville in overtime, en route to a 5-2 record.
Marquette lost to Kansas by nine after leading at halftime, and to Indiana by 23 points.
The Golden Eagles’ leading scorer is junior guard Markus Howard. He averages 19.4 points per game and plays just over 35 minutes per game.
Brothers Sam and Joey Hauser both also average over 10-plus points per game. Sam, a junior guard, averages 16.6, and Joey, a freshman forward, averages 10.3. Joey is third on the team in total minutes despite only starting four of seven games this year.
The Wildcats are coming off of an early-season tournament win that saw them beat Eastern Kentucky, Penn and former-Big 12 rival Missouri, part of a 6-0 start to the season.
The Wildcats’ senior duo of guard Barry Brown and forward Dean Wade are leading K-State in scoring this season. Wade pours in 16.2 points per game and Brown gets 15.7.
The Wildcat men will play on Fox Sports 1 at 1:30 on Saturday.
The women’s basketball team hosts SEC foe Vanderbilt on Dec. 2 in Manhattan as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
K-State’s women are coming off of a less fruitful early-season tournament than the men. The women traveled to Cancun and lost to two ranked teams, then-No. 16 DePaul and then-No. 14 Syracuse, before beating Princeton in the last game.
Vanderbilt is 3-4 on the year and has dropped games to North Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, 17th-ranked NC State, and perennial powerhouse No. 2 UCONN. Vandy is 0-3 on the road this season.
The Commodores have three players clustered at the top of their stat board. Sophomore guard Chelsie Hall averages 14.1 points, junior guard Cierra Walker adds another 13.3 per game, while junior forward Mariella Fasoula gives them 13.7 per game.
For the Wildcats, junior forward Peyton Williams leads the team with an average of 14 points per game to go along with an average of 8.2 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Christianna Carr is averaging double figures with 10.3 points per game.
Head coach Jeff Mittie’s team will tip at 1 p.m. Sunday inside Bramlage Coliseum, and can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the K-State Sports Network.