Pitt Hoops Game Preview: Pitt vs. Kansas State

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Head Coach Jeff Capel signals from the sideline while standing in front of the Oakland Zoo

The Pitt men’s basketball team tonight tips off against a formidable Kansas State team tonight at 6 p.m. as part of the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Fort Myers, Fla. The neutral-site game, which will be played at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, gives Pitt their third shot against a high-major program in this early season, having beaten Florida State and lost to West Virginia in the past few weeks.

Pitt (4-2) enters today’s matchup riding their first winning streak of the season, coming off of two home wins against Monmouth and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. This is just Pitt’s second game away from home of the season so far, having beaten Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. two weeks ago. As such, this game will actually be Pitt’s first true game away from home, as they didn’t have to leave Allegheny county to face Robert Morris.

The Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) enters Monday night’s contest as one of just 43 remaining perfect teams in the 2019-20 Division-I college basketball campaign. Kansas State has played one road game so far, a 60-56 win over UNLV on Nov. 9. Pitt will hope to dash their perfect record tonight for a chance to play in the Fort Myers Tip-Off finale on Wednesday.

Fast Facts

  • This is just the second ever match-up between Pitt and Kansas State. Pitt won the first one by a score of 70-47.
    • Notably, that game was also played on a neutral court. It was the third place game in the 2014 Maui Invitational.
  • Pitt and Kansas State are both coming off of consecutive wins against Monmouth and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
    • Kansas State actually trailed Monmouth by nine points at halftime (Pitt led by two), and were tied with Arkansas-Pine Bluff at halftime before pulling