K-State to host NDSU in 2019-20
K-State has scheduled its opening non-conference game of 2019-20.
Chris Klieman isn’t the only thing North Dakota State-related in Manhattan this coming athletic season.
On Wednesday afternoon, a source confirmed to GoPowercat.com that North Dakota State would be a part of Kansas State’s 2019-2020 non-conference basketball schedule. The matchup will be the first one of K-State's non-conference schedule and will be played at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.
CBS’ Jon Rothstein was the first to report the news.
The Bison will come to Manhattan off of a rather impressive finish to the 2018-19 season. Although NDSU finished the season with a 19-16 overall record and a 9-7 mark in Summit League play that tied it for third in the conference with Purdue Fort Wayne, March was certainly a mad time.
As the No. 4 seed in the league tournament this year, the Bison defeated Oral Roberts by 13 in the quarterfinals, squeaked out a three-point win over eight-seed Western Illinois in the semifinals and then defeated No. 2-seeded Omaha by ten in the championship game to win the Summit League title and punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. There, the Bison fell to overall No. 1 seed Duke in the first round after beating North Carolina Central in Dayton.
Most teams after a year like that would see some massive roster turnover, but not the Bison in 2019-20. Only Deng Geu, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, will not return to the roster this coming season. Geu averaged 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, but there is plenty of production returning for NDSU next year.
Guards Vinnie Shahid and Tyson Ward will return after leading the Bison in scoring this past year. Shahid averaged 13.1 points per game on 44 percent shooting, including 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. Ward was a little less in scoring, but better on shooting percentage. The 6-foot-6 native of Tampa, Florida, put up 12.4 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. Ward also was 32.1 percent from 3-point land.
Of the 73 points per game that NDSU averaged in 2018-19, 63.4 points return for this matchup between the Wildcats and Bison.
Of course, K-State will have to fill a lot more than NDSU for this matchup. The three leading scorers for the Wildcats — Dean Wade, Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes — all graduated and the fourth-leading scorer, Xavier Sneed, is in the NBA Draft pool right now. He is expected to withdraw his name and return to K-State but has yet to do so. If Sneed were to not return, the Wildcats would lose a combined 49.1 points of the team's 65.8 points per game.
The full non-conference schedule for K-State’s 2018-19 campaign has yet to be released, but GoPowercat.com will work to bring you updates on the future matchups as they come along.
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