Record Crowd Witnesses College GameDay

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State fans sent a message to the entire nation Saturday as the 8,159 in attendance Saturday morning in Bramlage Coliseum set a new record for ESPN's College GameDay show.

The previous record was 6,700, set just last week when Clemson hosted the show prior to its contest with Duke. The appearance in Manhattan was the first for the basketball edition of College GameDay, and K-State is now one of 15 schools to host the program for both football and basketball.

"I continue to be so impressed with the passion of all K-State fans and today was a prime example of that," Athletics Director John Currie said. "The enthusiasm and support they bring to the arena is what distinguishes them as the best fans in the nation. We want to thank Nick Dawson, Dan Steir and everyone at ESPN for choosing Manhattan and K-State as a destination for College GameDay and we look forward to welcoming them back again in the future."

ESPN's College GameDay was hosted Saturday by Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Jay Bilas and featured an in-depth look at the day's college basketball action. Head coach Frank Martin was also interviewed on the broadcast, while the Wildcat band, cheerleaders and Willie Wildcat also took part in the morning's activities.

Bilas was impressed with Wildcat Nation on Saturday in his first visit to the Little Apple.

"To have that kind of crowd for our show is off the charts," Bilas said. "We knew this was going to be a good atmosphere but to learn the stories behind all of the traditions here, such as 'Every Man a Wildcat' and the Wabash Cannonball, was really neat. There is a lot of tradition here at K-State but now being back in the Top 10 - everyone knows what Octagon of Doom means and who Frank Martin is."