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Nebraska Men’s Basketball Preview: Kansas State

This is a good test for Nebraska

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Nebraska Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Date: Sunday December 17th, 2023

Time: 2:00pm CST

Location: Bramlage Coliseum Manhattan, Kansas

Channel: Big 12 Network/ESPN+

Current Record: 8-2 (0-0 Big 12)

Head Coach: Jerome Tang (2nd Season) Record 34-12

Mascot: Wildcats

Preview:

Nebraska will come into a difficult contest on Sunday as they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Wildcats. The Wildcats come into this contest with an 8-2 record, building off its 26-10 record from a year ago. Nebraska will be facing its toughest opponent in the non-conference schedule, as the Wildcats were a stout NCAA tournament team last season.

Kansas State comes into the contest averaging 80.9 points per game. The Wildcats shoot 44.7% from the floor, including 32.2% from the 3-point line. K-State averages 16.3 free-throw attempts per game and shoots 73.8% from the stripe. Averaging 40.9 rebounds per game, K-State looks to keep their advantage on the glass. They do provide some height, which as we saw against Minnesota, particularly in the 2nd half, caused some problems for Nebraska. They do turn the ball over a fair amount, as they commit 14.7 turnovers per game.

Kansas State is led by some balanced scoring, as Cam Carter (16.9), Arthur Kaluma (16.6) and Tylor Perry (16.2) all average over 16 points per game. Kaluma, the transfer from Creighton, leads K-State in rebounding averaging 8.8 per game. David N’Guessan is 2nd on the team averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. Guard Tylor Perry averages 5.4 assists per game, which is a team high.

Much like Minnesota, Kansas State does possess some height, which could cause some problems. The Wildcats have 6 guys over 6’7”, including Kaluma and N’Guessan. It will be imperative that Nebraska blocks out and crashes the boards, because K-State has outrebounded their opponents by 6.9 rebounds per game.

Projected starting lineup:

#1 David N’Guessan (6’9” Senior De Lier, Netherlands)

#2 Tylor Perry (5’11” Senior Fort Coffee, Oklahoma)

#5 Cam Carter (6’3” Junior Donaldsonville, Louisiana)

#13 Will McNair Jr. (6’11” Senior Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

#24 Arthur Kaluma (6’7” Junior Glendale, Arizona)