October 25, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
Madness in Manhattan is back in action tonight at Bramlage Coliseum.
The first event of its kind in three years, there's fun for the whole family, from dunk contests to special performances from former Wildcats. Don't miss out on your chance to catch a glimpse of this year's K-State men's and women's basketball squads in action.
It's no secret that men's basketball senior Shane Southwell bares a striking resemblance to actor Will Smith.
"It's funny, I mean, since I was a little kid everyone has said that I look like Will Smith," Southwell laughed when asked about it. "So it's kind of funny to me but at the same time it's refreshing and it's great to see because it means people know who I am, but it's definitely funny at the same time."
However, could Southwell and his team accurately imitate Smith's infamous intro to the popular 90's TV series The Fresh Prince of Bellaire?
Tonight, those in attendance of Madness in Manhattan will find out as the team's video is scheduled to debut at the event.
"I think Shane did it perfect," junior Thomas Gipson said about the Fresh Prince video the team helped create. "Honestly, he looked just like (Will Smith), he was doing the whole basketball thing like him. I think it's pretty cool, especially for the fans. We all had fun with it and I can't wait to see it."
Southwell, who hadn't seen the finished product yet said, "How do I rate my performance in it? I'll have to see and get back to you on that, but I think my teammates did a really good job, I think they did better than me."
Doors for Madness in Manhattan, sponsored by K-State Federal Credit Union, open at 8 p.m. as the event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
"I think it should be fun, it think it's great for the fans and the community," sophomore D.J. Johnson said. "We've got a lot of excitement planned, we've got a lot of athletic players. We've got a dunk contest, a three point contest and I think it'll be cool for the fans to see how athletic we're going to be this year."
While the women's team opens its 2013-14 campaign with an exhibition game against Washburn University on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum, the men's team tips off its season on Nov. 1 against Pittsburg State at 8 p.m. at home.
There will be comments at tonight's event from men's head coach Bruce Weber and women's coach Deb Patterson before the busy seasons tip off.
"We're excited it's basketball time here at Kansas State," Patterson said. "It's really been wonderful for my staff and I to walk into the gym and to see at least 12 healthy bodies every day, it feels great. We've got a little bit of size added to our roster, a lot of youth, and we're really looking forward to this season."
With basketball season right around the corner, season tickets for both teams are currently on sale with a variety of packages available through the Athletics Ticket Office. For more information on purchasing tickets, call toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287) or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
ROWING CENTER DEDICATION
K-State rowing is excited to cut the ribbon opening its new facility tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The new state-of-the-art Intercollegiate Rowing Center, located just east of Bill Snyder Family Stadium is over 9,000 square feet and contains two indoor practice tanks, locker rooms, administrative suites for coaching and support staff and most importantly will provide the program a place to call home.
"It's going to grow the program so much," junior rower Meggie Murray said about the new facility. "We're going to be more competitive for recruits, and hopefully if we have more success in the program with it, it will balance out with getting those recruits and having even more success getting where we want to be."
In the past three years, under Athletics Director John Currie, the face of K-State Athletics has seen a lot of change. From the new Basketball Training Facility unveiled in 2012, to the West Stadium Center and the Mike Goss Tennis Facility that both opened this fall and now the Intercollegiate Rowing Center, K-State Sports continues on its path to providing a world-class student-athlete experience for each and every Wildcat student-athlete.
"I think what John (Currie) has done is really made it a complete department," rowing head coach Pat Sweeney said. "I think for the Olympic sports, it has given new life to all of them and there's more enthusiasm with (women's tennis head coach) Steve Bietau and myself. It's just given more life to what we're doing rather than being limited on how far we can go. Now it's opened up those doors."
The dedication is free to all who wish to attend and will be aired on K-StateHD.TV.
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