K-State To Play In 2010 CBE Classic

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will join Duke, Gonzaga and Marquette in the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, which culminates with the Championship Rounds at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 22-23, the Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J., announced on Thursday.

Tickets for the Championship Round games at the Sprint Center go on sale tomorrow (March 5) beginning at 10 a.m. CT and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745.3000 or through Ticketmaster.com.

The format for the 10th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts will include 12 teams from across the country with K-State, Duke, Gonzaga and Marquette hosting regional round games from Nov. 14-17.  The four hosts will then advance to the Championship Rounds, Nov. 22-23, at Kansas City's Sprint Center, while the remainder of the field will participate in subregionals held at campus sites.  This will be K-State's first appearance in the CBE Classic.  Big 12 foe Texas won the 2009 title by beating Iowa and Pittsburgh en route to the title.

Match-ups for the Championship Rounds, as well as the other teams participating in the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, will be announced at a later date.

All four schools playing in Kansas City have combined for 21 Final Four appearances and 95 trips to the NCAA Tournament.  Each of the schools have tallied at least 20 wins this season and are expected to make the NCAA Tournament in 2010.  K-State has never played Duke on the hardwood, while the Wildcats have played Gonzaga just once, posting a 66-64 win over the Bulldogs in the Postseason NIT at Bramlage Coliseum on March 22, 1994.  K-State and Marquette have a long history together, playing 10 times since 1953.  The last meeting between the schools ironically came in Kansas City at Kemper Arena on Jan. 3, 1988 with the Wildcats earning a 78-57 win.  K-State has played at least one game at the Sprint Center each of the past three seasons. 

No. 5/5 Kansas State (24-5, 11-4 Big 12) concludes its regular season on Saturday night, as the Wildcats play host to Iowa State (14-16, 3-12 Big 12) on Senior Night at Bramlage Coliseum at 5 p.m.  The contest will be broadcast on the Big 12 Network.