SAN JOSE, Calif. (WIBW) -- The last time Kansas State played UC Irvine, the result was a 22-point blowout in Bramlage Coliseum courtesy of the Wildcats.
UC Irvine guard Spencer Rivers, left, lays up a shot against Cal State Fullerton forward Johnny Wang, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Big West men's tournament championship in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2019. UC Irvine won 92-64. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
This time, the two will meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and the Anteaters are coming off a 30-win season.
K-State head coach Bruce Weber praised the depth UC Irvine has on its roster on Wednesday, saying they can come at you from the paint or with quick guard play.
Weber also said the 'Cats will have to be focused and consistent, and do the things that led them to a share of the Big XII regular season championship.
"One, just have a great focus. thats always there," Weber said. "The preparation is so important. Two, we have to do the things we do defensively all the time. We (have) to be consistent on that end.
"And three, we (have) to share the basketball. They're good defensively, (and have) great numbers but they have some things we can exploit. Now can we go exploit them."
Weber's final key in taking down the Anteaters? Making shots.
"It always helps a lot of things," Weber smiled.
UC Irvine heads into Friday's 1 p.m. matchup on a 16-game winning streak, including winning the Big West tournament.
And with Dean Wade's injury, the Wildcats will need to fill the void left by the senior to advance to the next round.