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Washington State faces K-State in Kansas City

A win against Kansas State would be a step in the right direction for Ernie Kent's squad.

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After retaking the Palouse for the first time since 2013 with a 61-48 win over Idaho on Wednesday, the Washington State Cougars (5-4) take on one of their biggest non-conference opponents yet: Kansas State Wildcats (8-1).

However, this game will be played at a "neutral" home site for Kansas State as the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. will play host to both teams. Manhattan is just a little under two hours away from Kansas City so I’m sure they’ll be lots of purple in attendance.

This is just the seventh time in program history that these two teams will be meeting up; the Wildcats hold a 4-2 advantage over the Cougars. Washington State’s last win over K-State was back in December of 2005, a 58-57 win. Since then, the team’s have met three times and the Wildcats have taken each game.

It’s nice to think that the Cougars are due for a win against a Big 12 team, but Kansas State has been clicking on all cylinders through the first month of the college basketball season. Five players are averaging double-digit scoring, led by Barry Brown (13.1 ppg) and Wesley Iwundu (11.8 ppg). The Wildcats’ schedule up to this point has been fairly weak, with wins over teams like Green Bay, Hampton, and Omaha, and their one loss coming to Maryland. However, K-State has taken care of those cupcake games and they have done do decisively, something WSU can’t necessarily say.

Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. PST and will be broadcast through the WatchESPN app.

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