Diarra practices, Wade does not on first day of Big 12 Tournament

Before the start of the Big 12 Tournament, sophomore guard Cartier Diarra participates in practice. (Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State basketball team took the floor of Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for the first time at the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday. It was the team’s lone practice prior to its first game of the tournament.

Senior forward Dean Wade was not present for the practice, while sophomore guard Cartier Diarra was a full participant with just some tape on his left hand.

“It will depend on who we play, but we anticipate right now that Cartier will play,” head coach Bruce Weber said.

Wade had been downgraded from questionable to doubtful by head coach Bruce Weber on Monday. He did make the trip to Kansas City according to K-State Athletics.

Diarra has not played in a game since playing 29 minutes and scoring ten points at Baylor on Feb. 9.

“I’m almost fully healed, and I do plan on playing,” Diarra said.

Wade’s injury leaves a vacant spot in the starting five for Thursday night. In practice, junior forward Austin Trice seemed to be getting reps with the starting group, plus Diarra.

“It could be Austin [Trice], it could be Mike McGuirl, I don’t think it will be Cartier [Diarra],” Weber said.

K-State will play the winner of Oklahoma State versus TCU Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, an alumnus from Olathe, Kansas. I graduated in spring 2022 with a Masters in Mass Communication, and I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. I covered K-State sports for the Collegian for four years.