Montavious Murphy waits for the ball to be thrown in

Kansas State's Montavious Murphy (23) waits for the ball to be thrown in during last week's game against Monmouth. Murphy tweaked his knee in that win, forcing him to sit out Tuesday's contest versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

After beginning his Kansas State career with starts in each of his first three games, true freshman forward Montavious Murphy sat out Tuesday's 62-51 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prior to tipoff, a team spokesperson informed media members that Murphy wouldn't play against the Golden Lions, stemming from an injury suffered in last week's victory over Monmouth. Following Tuesday's triumph, K-State head coach Bruce Weber lended more insight on the matter.

Murphy, he said, "tweaked his knee" versus Monmouth.

"He complained about it. They did an MRI," Weber said. "(It's) nothing major, but it's enough to (where) we've got to sit and wait until they feel like he's totally healthy. So it'll be a week at the end of this week."

For now, Weber deemed Murphy's status "day to day" for the foreseeable future. Best-case scenario, Murphy would be back on the floor in time for the team's next game, which comes at 5 p.m. Monday against Pittsburgh in the Fort Myers Tipoff tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.

"We'll just have to wait and see," Weber said. "We're not going to push it. We'll let some things come."

His absence represented an opportunity for both Makol Mawien and Levi Stockard — a chance for more touches offensively.

"They did what we said: 'Go inside,'" Weber said. "We went inside to Levi — he didn't finish. We went to Mak — he didn't finish. So we really emphasized —  in that way the guys are coachable — that we've got to finish in the paint."

Murphy, who has averaged 5 points per game on 46.2% (6-for-13) shooting from the field, already has become one of the better Wildcats' around the rim. That isn't confined to his play offensively, either.

"I think Montavious just gives us that good, solid defense," Weber said. "He's really learned the system pretty quickly."

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