K-State To Play in Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival

Rising senior Shane Southwell will be one of four New York/New Jersey area players that will enjoy a homecoming at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Dec. 28.

May 13, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Big 12 champion Kansas State will play Tulane as part of a tripleheader at the second annual Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival presented by Honda on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Barclays Center.

The tripleheader on Dec. 28 will lead off with a game between St. John's and Columbia then follow with K-State and Tulane and VCU and Boston College. Game time and television coverage will be announced at a later date. The Wildcats will play just the single game with the Green Wave.

Tickets to the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival will go on sale Friday, May 17 at 9 a.m. CT and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745.3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, May 18 at noon ET, or through group sales at (800) GROUP-BK.

"This will be a great opportunity to take our East Coast guys home - especially being Shane's senior year - and play in a world-class arena like the Barclays Center," said head coach Bruce Weber.  "Tulane is a quality opponent, who is coming off a 20-win season and postseason appearance, so it will be another solid test for our team."

The 2013-14 Kansas State roster will include four New York/New Jersey area players, including seniors Omari Lawrence (Bronx, N.Y.) and Shane Southwell (Harlem, N.Y.) and incoming freshmen Neville Fincher (Teaneck, N.J.) and Jevon Thomas (Queens, N.Y.). Last season, the Wildcats played two games at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.

The home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and soon-to-be home of the New York Islanders, the Barclays Center opened on Sept. 28, 2012 and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y. The arena, which holds 17,732 for basketball, will host several college basketball tournaments in 2013-14, including the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational (Nov. 21), Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (Nov. 22-23) and the Barclays Center Classic (Nov. 29) and Barclays Center Women's Invitational (Nov. 30).

Tulane posted 20 wins for the first time in 13 years in 2012-13, as the Green Wave recorded a 20-15 overall record and finished in a tie for ninth place in Conference USA with a 6-10 mark. Led by fourth-year head coach Ed Conroy, the squad advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2000 with a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Green Wave tallied their first postseason win since 1996 with an 84-73 victory over South Alabama in the CIT First Round before falling to Bradley, 77-72, in the second round.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between K-State and Tulane and the first since the 1993 NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla. The Green Wave is 2-1 all-time against the Wildcats, winning 71-57 at home on Jan. 11, 1975 and 55-53 in the NCAA South Regional First Round on March 18, 1993 at the Orlando Arena. The lone K-State win in the series came at home, 81-69, on Jan. 10, 1976.

Led by 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber, Kansas State enjoyed one of its best men's basketball seasons in 2012-13, posting a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. The league championship was the 18th in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season. 

For more information on the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival and the Barclays Center, please visit www.barclayscenter.com.