Game Preview // 15/13 K-State will play Kentucky for a Sweet 16 berth

The full edition is available here
NCAA Tournament History Available here
Clip pack Available here
Guide for the 2022-23 season Available here
2022-23 TV/Radio Speed ​​Chart Available here

15/13 [3-seed] KANSAS STATE (24-9, 11-7 Big 12) vs. [6-seed] KENTUCKY (22-11, 12-6 SEC)

NCAA East Regional Second Round
Sunday, March 19, 2023 >> 1:40 PM CT >> Greensboro Coliseum (20,000) >> Greensboro, NC


CBS / March Madness App (Link Here)

  • Ian Eagle (play by play)
  • Jim Spanarkel (Analyst)
  • Evan Washburn (Sideline Reporter)
  • Craig Silver (Producer)


Westwood One [link here]

Satellite Radio: Sirius XM Ch. 134 or 202

  • Bill Rosinski (play by play)
  • Austin Crosher (Analyst)


K-State Sports Network
Flagships: // KMAN 1350 & WIBW 580
Online: Varsity Network [free] / [free]

  • Wyatt Thompson (play by play)
  • Stan Weber (Analyst)

March Madness


K-state: Jerome Tang [Charter Oak State College ’07]

Record at K-State: 24-9/1st year
Career Record: 26-9/1st year+
vs. Kentucky: 0-0 [0-0 at K-State]

Kentucky: John Calipari [Clarion ’82]

Kentucky record: 387-112/14
Career Record: 832-252/31st year
vs. K-State: 2-1 [1-1 at Kentucky]


NCAA Tournament [appearance/last]: 38-35 [32nd/2019]

Eastern Regional [appearance/last]: 4-4 [5th/2012]

Second round [East Regional]: 7-5 [1-0]

At Greensboro, NC/Greensboro Coliseum: 1-1/1-1
As a #3 seed [appearance]: 1-0 [1st]

against the No. 6 seed [appearance]: 0-2 [3rd]


Overall: Kentucky leads 9-1
In the NCAA Tournament: Kentucky leads 2-1
In Greensboro, North Carolina: First meeting
Last meeting: W, 61-58 [3/22/2018]

Current streak: K-State, 1
Tang vs. Kentucky: 0-0 [0-0 at K-State]

Tang vs. John Calipari: 0-0 [0-0 at neutral site]


15/13 Kansas State (24-9, 11-7 Big 12)
G: #1 Marquis Nowell

G: #5 Cam Carter

G: #13 Desi Sills

Well: #11 Keyonta Johnson

Well: #35 Nae’Qwan Tomlin

RV/RV Kentucky (22-11, 12-6 SEC)
G: #22 Cason Wallace
G: #12 Antonio Reaves
F: #24 Chris Livingston
F: #0 Jacob Toppin
F: #34 Oscar Tshiebwe


No. 15/13 K-State (24-9, 11-7 Big 12) earns first NCAA Tournament win since 2018 and first under head coach Jerome Tang on Friday night as the Wildcats used hot shooting to earn a 77-65 victory over 14th-seeded Montana State in front of a crowd of more than 17,000 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The win earned a meeting with No. 6 seed Kentucky (22-11, 12-6 SEC) in the second round of the East Regional at 1:40 pm CT on Sunday afternoon. The game will be televised on CBS with Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst) and Evan Washburn (reporter) on the call. The winner will advance to play either No. 2 Marquette (29-6, 17-3 BIG EAST) or No. 7 Michigan State (20-12, 11-8 Big Ten) next weekend at Madison Square Garden .


  • K-State and Kentucky will meet for the 11th time overall, including the fourth time in the NCAA Tournament after games in 1951, 2014 and 2018. The SEC Wildcats have dominated the series, holding a 9-1 advantage, including 2-1 in NCAA Tournament game. Kentucky won games in the 1951 NCAA Championship Game 68-58 and the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament 56-49 before K-State earned a 61-58 victory in the 2018 Sweet 16 .
  • K-State had an impressive overall offensive performance in a 77-65 victory over 14th-seeded Montana State on Friday to earn its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2018. The Wildcats shot 58.2 percent (32-of-55) from the field, including 65.4 percent (17-of-26) in the second half to snap a 2-game skid in the NCAA Tournament. It was the fifth-highest field goal percentage in an NCAA Tournament game in school history and the highest by the First Four in 2017. They also tied the school record for assists (21) in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Elderly Keyonta Johnson (18 points) and Marquis Nowell (17 points) combined for 35 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures in the Montana State win. That was right on average for the duo, who are averaging 34.5 points per game to rank fourth among powerhouse conferences. Both were named Third Team All-Americans by the Associated Press, becoming the first duo in school history to earn the honor. Overall, they are just the eighth and ninth players to earn AP First, Second or Third All-American team recognition and the first since 2011.
  • Johnson is the sports comeback story of the year after arriving at K-State in August after not playing basketball in nearly 2 seasons following his medical emergency while playing at Florida on December 12, 2020. He led the Wildcats in both scoring (17.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.1 ppg.) while scoring in double figures in 32 of 33 games with 9 20-point games and 6 double-doubles. He paced the team in both scoring (18) and rebounds (8) against Montana State.
  • Nowell posted his 16th career point/assist double-double, including the 11th of his career at K-State and eighth this season, with his 17-point, 14-assist performance against Montana State. The 14 assists are tied for the ninth-most in an NCAA Tournament game, while they are the most by a Wildcat in an NCAA Tournament game, eclipsing Steve Henson’s 12 in 1988. He ranks second nationally in assists/game (7.6 apg.) and third in total assists (257).
  • K-State earned its 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2019 after winning 23 games, including 11 in the nation’s biggest conference, the Big 12, to finish tied for third. The Wildcats combined for 13 Quad 1 and 2 wins, including 9 vs. Quad 1 contests. The team was one of 9 schools with at least 9 wins in Quad 1, while they tied a school record with 7 wins against AP Top 25 opponents. That came after being picked No. 10 in the Big 12 preseason poll. The No. 3 is the second-highest in school history behind No. 2 in 2010.
  • Big 12 Coach of the Year Jerome Tang is one of 7 first-time head coaches in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, including one of 3 first-time coaches along with Duke’s John Scheier and Fairleigh Dickinson’s Tobin Anderson. His 24 wins rank him fifth among first-year coaches behind Scheier (27-9), Xavier’s Sean Miller (26-9), Fordham’s Kyle Urgo (25-8) and Missouri’s Dennis Gates (25-10). . He is the fourth coach to lead K-State to the NCAA Tournament in his first year, joining Lon Krueger [20/1986-87]Frank Martin [21/2007-08] and Bruce Weber [27/2012-13].

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *