Kansas State basketball played in its first game under Jerome Tang on Tuesday night, an exhibition game against Washburn in which the Wildcats won 76-49.
K-State was always supposed to win the game and the stats and score won’t count toward anything that they want to accomplish in 2022-23. However, there was one thing that stood out about the game and that was the turnout from the fanbase.
In Tang’s first time on the court as a coach, the Wildcats’ fan base showed out. According to KSNT 27 News’ Glenn Kinley, the attendance at the game last night was 6,800. For context, last year’s senior night against Oklahoma only had an attendance of 6,635.
There is a lot of optimism and excitement around the program considering what Tang inherited after last season. All but two players, guard Markquis Nowell and forward Ishmal Massoud, are gone from last year’s team, but the transfer portal has allowed Tang to build a roster for 2022-23 and his first recruiting class is impressive as well.
K-State’s 2023 class ranks 13th nationally and includes three commitments, two of which are four-star recruits. The K-State faithful have a lot to be happy about, with the success that football is having and with basketball season right around the corner, it’s a good time to be a sports fan in Manhattan.