Kansas State University

Kansas State at Colorado

Pos Kansas St. (16-8, 4-5) HtYrPtsReb

FJamar Samuels6-7Jr. 9.65.6

FCurtis Kelly6-8Sr. 9.94.9

GRodney McGruder6-5So. 11.06.5

GShane Southwell6-4So. 1.41.7

GJacob Pullen6-0Sr. 18.2x-3.7

Colorado (15-10, 4-6)

FMarcus Relphorde6-7Sr. 11.54.4

FAustin Dufault6-9Jr. 8.14.5

GAlec Burks6-6So. 20.05.9

GLevi Knutson6-4Sr. 11.12.9

GCory Higgins6-5Sr. 16.23.6


Kansas State: The Wildcats are coming off wins against Nebraska and Iowa State, and have won 3 of 4. Distractions and disappointing play have affected K-State all season. But coach Frank Martin is optimistic about how his team has handled that. "I realize that everyone thinks our season is in desperate need for success and maybe people are maybe jumping off bridges because we didn't satisfy their expectations," Martin said. "I am extremely excited about what our basketball team has done to this point. I'm extremely excited about where we're going from this point." K-State did a good job defending Burks and Higgins in their first meeting. They combined for 21 points. K-State has won four straight games at Colorado.

Colorado: The Buffaloes have struggled since starting Big 12 play 3-0. They have lost six of their past seven games and are now mostly likely headed to the NIT. CU has remained competitive during its losing streak, but lost four games by less than eight points. It is coming off a three-point loss to Texas A&M and recently fell by four to Baylor and Kansas. Burks and Higgins are two of the most dynamic guards in the conference. Both are tall for their position and can score in many different ways. Knutson did in the Wildcats in their first meeting by making six three-pointers and scoring 20 points. Colorado's home losses were to ranked opponents Kansas and Texas A&M.

RPIs as of Friday: K-State 34, CU 99.