It’s not proven that the saying, “Look good, feel good, play good,” is true, but Kansas State is going to give it a go and see if it works on Saturday against Marquette.
Following a 76-58 victory over Florida A&M on Monday night, K-State released a video of alternate uniforms that the team will be wearing against the Golden Eagles. The jerseys are white, with “Wildcats” on the chest in cursive. The outside trim around the shoulders and neck area is lavender, followed by a darker purple.
The top and bottom parts of the white shorts follow the same color scheme, with an old Wildcat logo on the left knee. The alternate uniforms are a throwback to the uniforms K-State wore in the 1970s, including the 1976-77 season when K-State fell to eventual NCAA Champion Marquette in the quarterfinals of the midwest regional in Oklahoma City.
The all-white uniforms are to coincide with the white out for the fans are encouraged to participate in for the 8 p.m. tip against Marquette.
“You’ve got the new jerseys, throwbacks, look incredible,” head coach Brue Weber said after the game against Florida A&M. “I know everyone got excited about the script Cats with football. To me, this is even cooler. Hopefully, people are excited, it’ll be a great opportunity. And lavender shoes, I hope I get some of those.”
The game between the Wildcats and Golden Eagles will be a rematch of the battle between the two schools one year ago in Milwaukee that K-State lost, 83-71, despite being ranked No. 18 in the country at that time.
The upset of the Wildcats was a big story from the game, but even bigger was the outstanding day that Markus Howard had. K-State allowed Howard to drop 45 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-10 from the outside. He also hit 19 free throws and grabbed two rebounds.
“We lost last year. We didn’t play well,” Mike McGuirl said. “This year, new team, new game. They’ve got different people, we’ve got a different group we’re relying on. We’re just going to listen to the coaches, listen to the game plan and we’re going to prepare for them the best we can.”
Howard returns to Bramlage for this matchup with some rather impressive outings already this year. He scored 38 against Loyola-Maryland, 40 against Davidson and 51 against USC last week. Howard is averaging 26 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Koby McEwen has also been big for the Golden Eagles so far this year, putting up 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this year. He also has had impressive games this year, putting up 23 points, five rebounds and four assists against Purdue, and 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Wisconsin.