K-State to face DePaul Monday at 8 p.m.

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s second-round game in the MasterCard NIT with DePaul at Bramlage Coliseum has been set for an 8 p.m. tip and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

No. 2 seed Kansas State advanced to the second round of the tournament with its 59-57 win over No. 7 seed Vermont at home on Wednesday night, while No. 3 seed DePaul posted an 83-71 win over No. 4 seed  Hofstra at home the same night.  It was the Wildcats’ first postseason victory in nearly 13 years since a 115-77 win over Fresno State in the third round of the NIT on March 24, 1994.  The winner of the Monday’s game will advance to the NIT quarterfinals to play either No. 1 seed Air Force (24-8) or No. 4 seed Georgia (19-13) on the higher seed’s homecourt on March 20, 21 or 22.


DePaul (19-13, 9-7 Big East) enters Monday’s game the winners of six of its last eight games, including victories over NCAA Tournament participants Notre Dame and Marquette.  The Blue Demons finished in a three-way tie for seventh-place in the ultra-competitive Big East with West Virginia and Villanova.  The squad lost a 75-67 decision to Villanova in the first round of the Big East Tournament on March 7.  The team is averaging 68.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is led by the duo of sophomore forward Wilson Chandler (14.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) and senior guard Sammy Mejia (14.2 ppg., 6.1 rpg.).


This will be the sixth all-time meeting between K-State and DePaul and the first since the Wildcats beat the Blue Demons, 66-58, in the second round of the NCAA Midwest Region in South Bend, Ind., on the same day back in 1988.  Kansas State owns a 3-2 edge in the all-time series and this will be the first meeting in Manhattan since DePaul earned a 34-30 win on Feb. 22, 1939.  Head coach Bob Huggins knows the DePaul well from his days at Cincinnati, as he holds a 26-7 advantage all-time.           


Tickets for Monday’s game went on sale at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office on Thursday morning with nearly 4,000 tickets sold in the first three hours of sales.  The easiest method to order tickets is online at www.k-statesports.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling (800) 221.CATS.  The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m., through game time Saturday of K-State’s women’s game in the second round of the WNIT.


Reseved chairback seating (Sections 3-9) is priced at $20.  Reserved bench seating (Sections 1-2, 10-18 and 26-27) is priced at $15 with adult general admission (Sections 19-25) priced at $12.  Students and children ages 18 and under may purchase general admission tickets for $5.