MANHATTAN — This is the most hectic part of Kansas State’s basketball season.
That may sound strange, considering it is only November and the Wildcats are in between home games against overmatched opponents UC Irvine and Northern Arizona. But it is true. The upcoming week resembles an NBA schedule.
“This is like the NCAA Tournament,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “You play on one day, you have one day prep and you have to be ready.”
K-State’s hectic stretch began Friday when the Wildcats pummeled UC Irvine 71-49 at Bramlage Coliseum. Saturday was an off day for players, but they were back at practice on Sunday getting ready for Monday’s clash with Northern Arizona.
After that, they travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday for an early-season tournament that also features Arizona State and Xavier with games on Thursday and Friday.
“It’s a little crazy when you watch Arizona State and Xavier, knowing that you aren’t going to have much prep time,” Weber said. “But they have the same thing.”
All three teams played Friday and will return to the court Monday.
The group that best handles the hectic schedule might have an advantage in Las Vegas. K-State hopes to help itself against Northern Arizona.
“That game is more about us just getting ready,” Weber said. “It’s about us executing and doing the things we need to do.”