South Dakota (3-5) at Kansas State (5-3) (ET)
GAME NOTES: The Kansas State Wildcats will take aim at a four-game win streak when they host the South Dakota Coyotes in a non-conference tilt at Bramlage Coliseum.
For the Coyotes this game serves as an opportunity to put a halt to a skid, as they have fallen in back-to-back contests. The most recent setback occurred against Wyoming on Saturday as the Coyotes succumbed in a 67-66 overtime decision. South Dakota has just one win in five road matchups this season and is 3-5 overall.
The last few weeks have gone well for the Wildcats, who enter play following a 61-58 home triumph over Ole Miss during the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The victory was the third straight for the Wildcats, who are 5-3 overall. That record includes a 4-1 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
In eight all-time meetings, Kansas State has never lost against South Dakota. The teams met in December of last season with a 70-50 rout for the Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum.
With the Coyotes trailing 60-57 with three seconds left in regulation, Brandon Bos stepped to the free-throw line. After making the first he missed the second but was able to secure the rebound, after which he was fouled again with just a second to play. Bos hit both of those free throws to force the extra session. In overtime, the Coyotes could not hold on as they missed their last four field-goal attempts.
Missing shots has been a bit of an issue for South Dakota. The Coyotes are only sinking 42.1 percent of their attempts from the field and scoring fewer than 70 points per game. Bos (14.9 ppg) gives the Coyotes their best scoring option as the leader in points for a team with just two players averaging in double figures. Bos finished with 22 points against Wyoming, but hit on just 5-of-16 attempts from the field. Trevor Gruis (11 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the other scorer in double digits as well as the top rebounder. However, no other player on the team scores more than seven points per game. Trey Norris (7 ppg, 5.2 apg) passes well but could be a more productive player if he shot a better percentage from the floor (.317).
Marcus Foster split a pair of free throws and nailed a 3-pointer during the final two minutes to break a tie with Ole Miss. The Wildcats never trailed again as they held on thanks to a Shane Southwell jumper with 35 seconds to play.
Foster (14 ppg) is leading the team in scoring despite shooting at a 38.9 percent clip from the floor. Foster finished with 15 points against Ole Miss, though he dealt with foul trouble. Foster isn't the only player on the team that doesn't shoot particularly well, as the Wildcats are netting only 41.1 percent of their attempts from the field and scoring 65.5 points per game. Kansas State has managed to remain competitive by holding foes to 61.1 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting. Thomas Gipson (12 ppg, 5.2 rpg) represents the only other double figure scorer on the roster though Southwell (9.2 ppg) and Will Spradling (8.5 ppg) could be doing so if they were more efficient.
If there is one thing Kansas State does well it is play defense. The Wildcats will be able to limit a rather shallow list of scorers for South Dakota on the way to victory.
GAME NOTES: The Kansas State Wildcats will take aim at a four-game win streak
when they host the South Dakota Coyotes in a non-conference tilt at Bramlage
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bramlage Coliseum (12.528) -- Manhattan, Kansas.
Television: FSN-KC, MASN2. Home Record: South Dakota 2-0, Kansas State 4-1.
Away Record: South Dakota 1-4, Kansas State 0-0. Neutral Record: South Dakota
0-1, Kansas State 1-2. Conference Record: South Dakota 0-0, Kansas State 0-0.
Series Record: Kansas State leads, 8-0.Game Date and Time
Tuesday, December 10, 8 p.m. (ET)Predicted Outcome
Kansas State 72, South Dakota 60