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Kansas State Basketball: Wildcats Cancel Rest Of Brazil Trip

The Wildcats have an interesting year after losing head coach Frank Martin unexpectedly to South Carolina.

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Kansas State Basketball Team Completes Brazilian Trip

The Kansas State basketball team wrapped up their trip through Brazil last week with mixed results.

The Wildcats ended with a 2-2 record after four games. The team recorded wins over Mogi Das Cruzes (79-72) and Pindamonhangaba Club (59-46), however, they fell to Sao Jose dos Campos (81-67) and Tijuca Club (74-72).

Kansas State was originally slated for a five-game road trip through Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo however the fifth game scheduled for Wednesday was canceled.

"It's part of being on an international trip. There are a lot of things out of your control," Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber said in an interview with K-State Sports.

The team showed temperate offensive numbers, averaging 69.3 points on 41 percent shooting. Sophomore Angel Rodriguez stood out on the trip, averaging 10.3 points per game while also leading the team in both assists and steals.

The Wildcats arrived back in Manhattan Friday and will begin classes Monday.

For more on the Kansas State Wildcats upcoming basketball season, check out the discussion and analysis over at Bring On The Cats.

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Kansas State Cancels Rest Of Brazilian Basketball Trip

The Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team was unable to finish the basketball portion of their Brazilian trip as planned when a scheduling conflict canceled the Cats' final game.

K-State was 2-2 on the trip and expected to play Botafogo Club on Wednesday but the game fell through leaving a tough final basketball memory from Brazil for coach Bruce Weber and his team. Weber was ejected in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to Tijuca Club in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

The team will be back in Manhattan on Friday after spending their last day in Rio de Janeiro. Weber was happy with trip which allowed the team to get a little boost heading into the season with a new coach.

"Overall, I think it was a good trip," Weber said. "First, we had 10 days of practice before the trip that allowed us the opportunity to start implementing our system. This trip has been a great chance to get to know our players better on the basketball court, but personally as well.

"We had some difficult circumstances. I wish we wouldn't have had such a tough competitor in game one. I would rather slowly build up the competition as the trip goes on. However, it was good for our guys and now we know what we need to focus on when we get back."

For more on the Kansas State Wildcats upcoming basketball season, check out the discussion and analysis over at Bring On The Cats.

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Kansas State Basketball: Wildcats Lose A Wild One To Tijuca In Rio de Janeiro

The Kansas State Wildcats lost a heartbreaker in Rio de Janeiro to Tijuca, 74-72 as Bruce Weber and his Kansas State Wildcats continue their basketball odyssey through Brazil this week.

After winning a pair of games in Sao Paolo, K-State found things to be much tougher in Rio, as the host 22-under Tijuca Club team drained a corner three-pointer with less than a minute to play which would be the deciding bucket. That would end what was a wild game with questionable officiating throughout. In fact, Weber was tagged with a pair of technical fouls and ejected early in the fourth quarter.

SB Nation's Bring On The Cats has a full review of the game including these comments from Weber.

I have been on many international trips and you never know what type of officials you are going to get in these games, and FIBA rules are pretty different. They let us play pretty physical in our first three games and tonight we had five guys foul out, but give our kids credit for coming back.

The K-State team held a basketball clinic in Rio on Tuesday with plans to tour historic Sugar Loaf Mountain on Wednesday. The basketball portion of the trip then wraps up against Botafogo.

For more on the Kansas State Wildcats upcoming basketball season, check out the discussion and analysis over at Bring On The Cats.

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Kansas State Basketball: Brazil Trip Gives Wildcats Chance To Grow, Win Together

Kansas State has a lot of transition ahead as the men's basketball program seeks to move on from the loss of head coach Frank Martin to South Carolina. The adjustment to first year head coach Bruce Weber is going to take some time, which makes a trip like the one the Wildcats are on to play a string of games in Brazil a good move for the sake of team unity, chemistry and adjusting to life together before the season begins.

So far, so good for the Wildcats. The team is performing well with nothing but victories so far over a top-tier national team as well as lower-tier club teams.

"We knew today that the competition was not going to be the strongest, so we wanted to play as many guys as possible," said Weber. "The best part of today was the guys survived a real tough turnaround. We didn't get back to our hotel until late on Saturday then we had to get up early this morning to get started to Rio. We started out pretty good again then we lost our concentration in the second and third quarter, but Jordan (Henriquez) made some big plays down the stretch to help us pull out the win."

Henriquez scored 13 points for a 59-46 victory over Pindamonhangaba club. The team continues it's drive on to Rio de Janeiro for several more games this week.

For more on the Kansas State Wildcats upcoming basketball season, check out the discussion and analysis over at Bring On The Cats.

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Kansas State Basketball: Wildcats Scrimmage Before Brazil Trip

Kansas State scrimmaged in preparation for a new coach and new international rules before leaving for South America.

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