Daily Archives: Feb. 19, 2013

FAQ: The Longhorn Network

With Kansas State’s next basketball game at Texas set to be televised on the Longhorn Network, Wildcats fans naturally have questions about how and where they can watch it.

The game won’t be available in many mainstream formats (No DirecTV or Dish Network) but the Longhorn Network is carried by major TV providers Cox Cable (channel 272) and AT&T U-Verse. It can also be found on Verizon and Grande Communications.

On twitter, some have asked if the game will be available on ESPN3. It will not. I spoke with Rob Carolla, the Big 12′s Director of Communications for basketball, this morning, and he confirmed that the game will be televised exclusively on the Longhorn Network. He said it is up to each school to decide how to distribute games that are played on its third-tier TV network, and the only institutions in the Big 12 that allow their third-tier games to be shared on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court are Kansas and West Virginia.
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Player Ratings: K-State 81, Texas 69

How much better is Kansas State than Texas this season? The Wildcats easily defeated the Longhorns with and without Myck Kabongo.

The talented Texas point guard was back in the starting lineup on Saturday, but it didn’t matter. K-State shot the ball well from all over (it made 20 of 22 free throws and 9 of 18 three-pointers) and won without much trouble 81-69.

It was its third straight victory by double digits. With Texas Tech coming up next at Bramlage Coliseum, that streak could easily be extended to four. The Wildcats are playing some of their best basketball at the moment.

Let’s look back on its latest win in another edition of Player Ratings:

Rodney McGruder – 9: This was one of McGruder’s better games. The senior guard scored 20 points on 13 shots and also grabbed six rebounds. He got to the free-throw line and played strong defense without committing fouls. That was important in this game.
Last game: 7. Average: 8.1.

Shane Southwell – 8.5: Southwell followed one of his worst games with one of his best. The junior guard made three three-pointers, including an off-balance trey just before halftime that swung momentum K-State’s way for good, on his way to an 11-point night. But he was also effective in other areas, sending out six assists and grabbing six rebounds.
Last game: 4. Average: 7.4.

Angel Rodriguez – 8: Foul trouble limited him from playing more, and that’s something he needs to watch in future games. Some of his fouls were unnecessary. Still, he was a difference-maker when he was on the floor. Rodriguez had 16 points, six assists and two rebounds.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.4.
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