NO. 5 KANSAS STATE AT LOYOLA CHICAGO
When: 3:05 p.m. today
Where: Gentile Center, Chicago
Records: KSU 8-1, LUC 8-2
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NO. 5 KANSAS STATE AT LOYOLA CHICAGO'Pos Kansas St. (6-1) Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Curtis Kelly 6-9 Sr. 11.8 4.3
F Freddy Apsrilla 6-10 Jr. 5.7 5.8
G Rodney McGruder 6-5 So. 11.3 6.6
G Will Spradling 6-2 Fr. 5.4 x-2.1
G Jacob Pullen 6-0 Sr. 16.0 x-4.0
Loyola Chicago (8-2)
F Ben Averkamp 6-8 So. 9.8 4.1
F Andy Polka 6-7 Sr. 6.8 7.8
F Jordan Hicks 6-6 Jr. 11.7 4.7
G Geoff McCammon 6-4 Sr. 12.7 2.6
G Terrance Hill 6-4 Sr. 11.7 4.0
Kansas State: Pullen will be out do more than impress his family today. He will try to prove to his coach that he can keep his turnovers down while running K-State's offense. He is averaging 3.2 turnovers. But it will be up to his teammates to help. Frank Martin says many of Pullen's turnovers have come from other players being out of position and not properly handling passes. Spradling will help him in the backcourt, and will likely start his second straight game. Jamar Samuels has averaged 12 points in each of his past three games. The Wildcats will take a break from playing in large arenas and travel to the 5,200-seat Gentile Center today. It could be a strange transition. "It gets louder," Kelly said. "You tend to feel like the crowd is on you — like right near you. The atmosphere is just different. You go for a loose ball and you can see people standing next to you near the exit. It will be a little different but we'll be all right. I like smaller gyms. I've been playing in them since high school."
Loyola Chicago: The Ramblers, of the Horizon League, went on a 7-0 tear in November for their best start since 1962-63 when it started 21-0. In that streak, seventh-year coach Jim Whitesell picked up his 100th victory at Loyola Chicago. Things were certainly looking up. But since conference play started in December, the Ramblers have had less luck and suffered two losses. They came by a combined 12 points to Butler and Valparaiso, but halted their momentum all the same. Loyola lost 92-54 at K-State in last season’s opener. The Ramblers have been pushing the pace more and have scored more than 70 points in seven games. Loyola has four players who average more than 11 points.