Kansas State will match up with Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16. Find the game time, location, television information below.
The Wildcats, ranked eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, made the tournament for a second straight season and the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
They will face Creighton, which beat Villanova last month, but limped into the tournament after the injury of Martin Krampelj.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.
Kansas State vs. Creighton: Game time, details
No. 9 seed Kansas State meets No. 8 seed Creighton at 5:50 p.m. CT , Friday, March 16, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
What TV channel is Kansas State vs. Creighton on?
The game between Kansas State and Creighton will be televised on TNT. Jim Nantz will be the play-by-play announcer. Grant Hill and Bill Raftery will provide color commentary and Tracy Wolfson works as the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Kansas State vs. Creighton online?
You can stream Kansas State vs. Creighton online using NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Kansas State vs. Creighton on the radio?
Fans in Kansas City can listen to the game on KCSP AM 610, in Topeka on WIBW AM 580 and FM 94.5 and Wichita KQAM 1480 and more than 40 affliates across the state of Kansas. To find a full list of Kansas State basketball affiliates, go here. And a free streaming listening experience is available at the Wildcats’ Tune-In App.
Kansas State-Creighton: Previews, keys to the game
Good news for the Wildcats, who appear to have leading scorers Barry Brown and Dean Wade ready to play in the NCAA Tournament. Both missed most of Kansas State’s semifinal loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Wildcats are looking to build on their NCAA Tournament from last season. They beat Wake Forest in the First Four as a No. 11 seed before losing to No. 6 Cincinnati
They learned a lot from their NCAA experiences last year, a victory over Wake Forest in the First Four as a No. 11 seed and loss in the first round to No. 6 seed Cincinnati. They want to build off it.
Coach Bruce Weber’s team is an underrated defensive squad that ranks 22nd in steals (7.8 per game), 44th in fewest turnovers (11.5) and 32nd in turnover margin (plus 2.9) and 59th in scoring defense (67.9 points per game).
They are a poor rebounding team ranking 340th out of 351 Division I teams. with 30.48 rebounds per game. But Brown, Xavier Sneed and Wade all rank among the top 116 players nationally in steals.
The Wildcats’ gritty defense will be tested by Creighton, who rank 10th nationally in scoring (84.3 points per game) and 11th nationally in field-goal percentage (49.7). They also rank sixth in assists (18.0 apg), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.61) and eighth in fewest fouls (15.0 fouls per game).
The Blue Jays are weak in scoring defense (228th, 84.3 ppg), 273rd in blocked shots (2.7), 313th in free throw attempts (526) and 333rd in offensive rebounds (7.25 per game).
Former Kansas State guard Marcus Foster stars for Creighton
Creighton is led by a player who will be familiar to Kansas State. Former Kansas State player Marcus Foster is averaging 20.3 points per game. He led the Wildcats in scoring in his freshman and sophomore seasons before transferring.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott is very familiar with Kansas State after his Big 12 coaching career at Iowa State from 2006-10.
Kansas State holds a 6-3 edge in the series against Creighton, including two consecutive victories in 1986 and 198. Creighton’s last victory over Kansas State came on Jan. 13, 1976.
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