Weekly Preview: Men’s, women’s basketball jump back into play after break

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Kansas State men's and women's basketball return to action this week after Christmas. (Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Men’s Basketball

After the latest victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 21, the team (4-5) jumps back into their 2020-21 slate. Kansas State begins with a non-conference tilt against Omaha (2-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday before jumping back into Big 12 Conference play at 1 p.m. Saturday against TCU (7-2). Both games are at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State sophomore forward Carlton Linguard Jr. battles for a basket against Jacksonville last Monday. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Weaver)
K-State sophomore forward Carlton Linguard Jr. battles for a basket against Jacksonville last Monday. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Weaver K-State Athletics)

K-State’s last non-conference game for a month is against a Maverick team that struggled at the start of the season. With a 2-7 record, Omaha lost three straight games and averages a 22-point margin of defeat in all seven of their losses.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series over Omaha 2-0, with the last meeting coming in 2016, an 81-68 victory for K-State. The matchup has a 7 p.m. tip-off on Tuesday will air live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

K-State then takes on TCU four days later, marking the Wildcats return to Big 12 play after starting off at 1-1 with a win over Iowa State and a blowout loss to No. 2 Baylor. The Horned Frogs find themselves in the exact opposite scenario as the Mavericks, starting this week with a 7-2 record.

Other than two close losses to Oklahoma and Providence earlier in December, TCU plays fairly solid basketball, taking down teams like Texas A&M and Oklahoma State early in the season. Junior RJ Nembhard started the season on a tear, leading the team with an average of 18.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.

K-State leads the all-time series with TCU 17-8 and took the last meeting against the Horned Frogs 53-49 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament before the tournament was canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions in March. TCU plays one more game against Prairie View A&M on Wednesday before the matchup with the Wildcats at 1 p.m. Saturday, airing live on ESPNU.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team had a week-long break after their 62-52 loss to No. 20 Texas on Dec. 21. Starting the season with a 5-4 record, the Wildcats hit a two-game skid since starting Big 12 play, falling to Iowa State before their loss to Texas.

K-State’s matchup with Oklahoma (2-4) on Jan. 2 gives the Wildcats their best opportunity at a Big 12 victory this season as the Sooners sit at the bottom of the Big 12 standings along with K-State. Oklahoma comes into this week hoisting a 2-4 record overall and an 0-2 conference record.

The Sooners struggled with COVID-19 for the majority of this season, losing three games after withdrawing from the Crossover Classic in November, and then playing three games in six days with only six players earlier in December. The Sooners are back to full health and return junior Madi Williams who averages 20.7 points per game in her three games played.

K-State junior guard Christianna Carr dribbles into the lane during the Wildcat's 62-52 loss to Texas last Monday. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Weaver).
Kansas State junior guard Christianna Carr dribbles into the lane during the Wildcat's 62-52 loss to Texas last Monday. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Weaver | K-State Athletics)

K-State took the last meeting between the two schools back in February in an 87-85 OT victory in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners play one game before the matchup with K-State on Saturday, taking on Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night in Norman.

The game between the Sooners and Wildcats tips-off at 7 p.m. on Saturday and airs live on Fox Sports Oklahoma with live audio coming through the K-State Sports Network.

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Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!