Start Times and Ticket Info for NCAA Matchup Announced

Jacob Pullen

March 14, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s NCAA Second Round matchup with Utah State will tip at approximately 8:57 p.m. CST Thursday night from the McKale Center and be televised nationally on TruTV as the NCAA and University of Arizona have announced start times and broadcast information for the NCAA Second and Third Rounds in Tucson, Ariz.

The Wildcats and Aggies will tip 30 minutes following the Wisconsin-Belmont game which is set to begin at 6:27 p.m. CST Thursday. The winners of these two games would then square off with one another on Saturday at a time to be determined. The Turner/CBS broadcast team for the NCAA Second and Third Rounds in Tucson will be Kevin Harlan, former NBA star Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Sam Ryan.

Also, K-State officials announced that a limited number of tickets will be available to current Ahearn Fund members and men's basketball season ticket holders who did not place a pre-order for NCAA Tournament tickets in Tucson.

Ahearn Fund members or season ticket holders interested should call the K-State Ticket Office at 800.221.CATS between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday to purchase tickets. Tickets are priced at $81 for each session in which K-State participates and orders will be limited to two tickets per donor or season ticket holder while supplies last.

Kansas State (22-10) is making its 32nd postseason appearance, which includes 25 in the NCAA Tournament and seven in the Postseason NIT. It marks the fifth straight postseason appearance for the Wildcats and the second consecutive in the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, the squad made a run to its 11th Elite Eight in school history, knocking off No. 15 seed North Texas (82-62), No. 7 seed BYU (84-72) and No. 6 seed Xavier (101-96 2 OTs) before losing in the West Regional Final to eventual national runner-up Butler, 63-56.

The program has posted a 31-28 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, including a 10-4 mark in first round games. In K-State’s 24 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times. The program has also reached the Elite Eight 11 times, made four Final Four appearances and played in one National Championship game (1951).