Game Preview // K-State Plays Lone Exhibition vs. Emporia State Wednesday

Via K-State Athletics

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023 >> 7:01 p.m. CT >> Bramlage Coliseum (11,010) >> Manhattan, Kan.

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K-State: Jerome Tang [Charter Oak State College ’07]
Record at K-State: 26-10/Second Year
Career Record: 28-10/Second Year+
vs. Emporia State: 0-0 [exhibition]

Emporia State: Head Coach: Craig Doty [Morningside ’10]
Record at Emporia State: 78-64/6th Year
Career Record: 127-85/8th Year
vs. K-State: 0-1 [exhibition]

Overall: K-State leads 73-21
In Manhattan: K-State leads 56-9
At Bramlage Coliseum: K-State leads 50-9
vs. Emporia State: K-State leads 5-0 [exhibition]
Last Meeting: W, 86-49 (10/25/2019 in Manhattan]
Tang vs. Doty: 0-0 [0-0 in exhibition]


  • Kansas State (0-0) will unofficially open 2023-24 season on Wednesday (November 1), as the Wildcats welcome Division II foe Emporia State (0-0) for its lone exhibition game at 7 p.m., CT at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has met ESU five times in exhibition play, most recently an 86-49 Wildcat win on Oct. 25, 2019.
  • K-State played just one public exhibition prior to the 2022-23 season, as the Wildcats posted a 76-49 win over Washburn on Nov. 1, 2022. Eleven players had at least one field goal, as then sophomore Cam Carter led all scorers with 13 points on 4-of-7 field goals to go with 3 assists and 3 steals in 24 minutes.
  • K-State saw its 11-game exhibition streak end this summer with an 83-81 loss to Team Mexico during its 10-day trip to Israel and Abu Dhabi. The Wildcats have won 28 exhibition games in a row at Bramlage Coliseum dating to 2003.


  • K-State is 73-21 all-time in exhibition play dating to 1964, including a 56-9 record at home. The Wildcats have a 50-9 record in exhibition play at Bramlage Coliseum, including 28 consecutive wins dating to 2003.
  • The Wildcats have 5 victories over the Hornets in exhibition play, including 79-75 in 2005, 81-51 in 2012, 80-42 in 2015, 77-44 in 2017 and 86-49 in 2019.
  • K-State has primarily played the Kansas members of the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) since switching to Division II teams in exhibition play in 2004, which includes the 5 meetings with Emporia State, 8 with Washburn, 6 with Pittsburg State, 4 with Fort Hays State and 1 with Newman. During this stretch, the Wildcats also played Missouri State in a charity exhibition in 2017 to benefit the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Prior to that change, K-State mostly played traveling teams of former Division I players like Athletes First, EA Sports All-Stars and Global Sports in exhibition play from 1987 to 2005. In fact, the Wildcats’ last home exhibition loss came to the EA Sports All-Stars, 79-67, on Nov. 6, 2003.
  • The Wildcats saw their 11-game winning streak in exhibition play end in an 83-81 loss to Team Mexico at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. on Aug. 17, which came during the team’s 10-day trip to Israel and Abu Dhabi from Aug. 9-20.
  • K-State won its last exhibition game with Emporia State, 86-49, on Oct. 25, 2019, as the Wildcats held the Hornets to just 19 first-half points on 30 percent (6-of-20) shooting in a game they led by as many as 37. K-State connected on 45.6 percent (36-of-79) from the field, including 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from 3-point range, while scoring 40 points in the paint. Three Wildcats scored in double figures led by senior Xavier Sneed’s game-high 18 points, while freshman Montavious Murphy had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in 22 minutes off the bench.
  • K-State defeated Washburn in its lone exhibition prior to the 2022-23 season, as the Wildcats used an impressive first-half start to post an 76-49 victory. The team used a mixture of efficient offense and stifling defense to jump out to a 35-10 lead with just over 6 minutes left in the first half. Nine different players scored during this stretch, including 8 by senior Keyontae Johnson, who was playing in his first game in front of fans in two seasons. Fellow senior Markquis Nowell and sophomore Cam Carter added 6 and 5 points, respectively, in this decisive span. Carter led all scorers with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
  • Emporia State returns 6 lettermen, including 4 starters, from a team that went 23-9 overall, including 15-7 in the MIAA, and advanced to the second round of the Division II National Tournament. The Hornets lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 84-79, in the NCAA Central Regional. The team returns a pair of All-MIAA performers in First Team selection Owen Long (17.2 ppg., 3.1 rpg.) and Third Team selection Alijah Comithier (14.6 ppg., 5.8 rpg.).
  • The Wildcats open the regular season on Monday, Nov. 6 against USC in the Hall of Fame Series Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena in a nationally-televised game.
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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