KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State men's basketball exhibition versus Emporia State at 8 p.m. Friday is merely a precursor for things to come. Or, as head coach Bruce Weber dubbed it Wednesday, the exhibition at Bramlage Coliseum will be a "dress rehearsal" for when the regular season tips off next month.
"The thing is just getting in front of people, playing against somebody else," Weber said at the Big 12's men's basketball media day at the Sprint Center on Wednesday. "We'll probably script the minutes more than anything, I would hope, to get some guys experience."
Weber said he knows his players are eagerly anticipating finally playing against an opponent. Since the end of last season, they only have practiced against themselves. That includes last week's intrasquad scrimmage, which was open to the public. By the time K-State gets to its second and final exhibition — K-State hosts Washburn University at 7 p.m. Wednesday — Weber hopes to start settling into specific rotations the Wildcats will use during the regular season.
That feeling-out process is part of the reason why Weber said K-State is doing two exhibitions this year; last year, they had an intrasquad "Madness in Manhattan" event, plus one exhibition. But with this team far younger than last year's squad, Weber said another exhibition should help.
"I thought they needed to be in front of people and (get used to) playing together and getting ready, especially (because) we're going on the road Nov. 9," said Weber, referring to the date of the team's road opener at UNLV. "So we need that live competition, in front of people, to help us."