Upset on the Docket For Kansas State and Head Coach Bruce Weber?

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After being released from his heading coaching duties at Illinois this past off-season, Kansas State hired Bruce Weber to replace Frank Martin in little Manhattan.

Well, at 15-2 overall and 4-0 within the Big 12 Conference, it’s a night like Tuesday in which it all comes to forefront for the Wildcats and Weber. There is no doubt that Tuesday’s contest against Kansas marks the culmination of their hot start and conference championship potential.

Sure, there will still be tons of basketball to be played following Tuesday night’s match-up, including a rematch between the two schools in Lawrence on Feb. 11, but the focus remains on Jan. 22.

All eyes will be on K-State star Rodney McGruder and Jayhawks’ freshman Ben McLemore as the expected back-and-forth clash should certainly provided its usual excitement. The key for the Wildcats will undoubtedly be McGruder’s production crippled into the fact their home court advantage must be crucial on Tuesday.

The Wildcats have not lost since Dec. 15 and are now knocking on the door of the nation’s top ten after moving up to No. 11 overall as part of Monday’s re-release of the Top 25. Kansas, as many college basketball fans are aware of, have won eight consecutive Big 12 titles, and their quest for No. 9 hinges on their ability to win on the road.

Should the Jayhawks survive Tuesday night with a victory then it only becomes a matter of whether or not anyone else can stop them from achieving another conference title?

K-State and Kansas will tip-off from Bramlage Coliseum at 8:00pm (EST).

 

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