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Kansas State Notebook Wildcats looking ahead to game at KU

  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 11:55 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 12:02 a.m.

First Half

• Key Play: Thomas Gipson and Wesley Iwundu converted back-to-back dunks to give K-State a 20-10 lead.

• Key Stat: TCU snagged eight rebounds.

Second Half

• Key Play: Shane Southwell hit a three to put K-State ahead 43-36.

• Key Stat: K-State made 57.9 percent of its shots.

LOOKING AHEAD: A trip to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was technically K-State’s first true road game of the season, but players know their upcoming trip to Allen Fieldhouse for a game with Kansas on Saturday will be different animal.

"I consider Kansas our first true road game," Shane Southwell said. "Everything about it is different. They are a really good team and the environment is nuts. It’s real loud."

K-State will head to Lawrence on a 10-game winning streak. Winning 11 straight won’t be easy, considering the Wildcats haven’t won at Kansas since 2006.

But Southwell is confident.

"They are usually the older team," he said. "This year it feels like we have more of a mixture of players. That will help us out. They also lost their last home game, which will bring them down to earth a little bit at home. It is still going to be a really tough game. They always play good there, especially when they play us. But this year we have a really good team. We are focused. There is something in the air that is a little bit different."

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: Those watching the game on KMTW Channel 6 in Wichita were out luck for most of the night. Technical difficulties prevented the game from being shown until the final 11 minutes. A Big 12 spokesman said the conference and ESPN were in constant communication, trying to resolve the issue.

UPGRADE ON THE WAY: When K-State travels to Fort Worth next year for its annual basketball game against TCU, they will face the Horned Frogs in a different arena. Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is undergoing a $59 million renovation after the conclusion of this season. The remodeled arena will feature additional seats and bring fans closer to the floor. It will also include a TCU Hall of Fame. Construction will carry over into next season, though, so the Horned Frogs will play their home games at a to-be-determined arena in Fort Worth. TCU is exploring options at nearby high schools and the city’s downtown convention center.

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