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Kansas State Has Seven Eligible Players for Texas Game: Report

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The Kansas State Wildcats basketball team has just seven eligible players for Tuesday’s game with Texas, per a report from the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett.

Robinett posted the report to Twitter on Tuesday morning. The Wildcats are set to face Texas at 6 p.m. But his reporting shows the Wildcats are dangerously close to the Big 12’s threshold to play the game per its COVID-19 guidelines.

Robinett did not report which players were affected.


“The K-State basketball team will only have seven healthy players tonight against Texas because of COVID issues within its roster. Confirmed through a source the game is still on, but the Wildcats are flirting with the Big 12 minimum threshold of six players and one coach.”

Kansas State (8-4, 0-1 in Big 12) is coming off an 81-79 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners were missing three players due to COVID-19 for that game, including leading scorer Tanner Groves. All three Sooners have cleared protocols and are eligible to play against Baylor tonight.

Texas has no reported issues with COVID-19 at the moment. If the game is played, it would be the second straight game in which Texas (11-2, 1-0) will face a team that is short-handed due to COVID-19. The Longhorns beat West Virginia on Saturday, and the Mountaineers were without three players, including leading scorer Taz Sherman.

Oklahoma State hosts Kansas at 8 p.m., which is the Big 12 opener for both teams. OSU postponed its opener with Texas Tech to Jan. 13 due to COVID issues at OSU, while Kansas had to postpone its Big 12 opener with TCU due to COVID issues at TCU.

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