K-State to play GMU in Old Spice Classic

CELEBRATION, Fla. Kansas State will play George Mason in the first round of the 2007 Old Spice Classic on Thanksgiving Day at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., in an announcement by ESPN on Monday afternoon.


The Wildcats and Patriots, who will be meeting for the first time in the respective histories, will play in Game 4 of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.  The winner of the contest will play the winner of Game 3 between Villanova and Central Florida on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  The losers of Games 3 and 4 will play at 4 p.m. CT on Friday on ESPN2.


Other first round match-up on Thanksgiving Day include Penn State and South Carolina at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2 and N.C. State and Rider at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN2.


The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship tilt at 5:30 p.m. CT Sunday, Nov. 25, on ESPN2.  There will also be three consolation games beginning at 10 a.m. CT, which will determine the third, fourth and seventh-place finishers. 


The Old Spice Classic will include 12 games in three days, and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU.  This year’s sponsors include Old Spice, ESPNU and Disney’s Wide World of Sports, with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) serving as the event’s sponsoring conference.


George Mason posted an 18-15 overall record and 9-9 mark in the Colonial Athletic Conference in 2006-07.  The Patriots took the nation by storm in the spring in 2006, as they became just the second 11-seed to ever to advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion Florida.


On day two, the Wildcats will face two of the most consistent winners over the past five years in UCF and Villanova.  The Knights, which has averaged 21 victories over the last five seasons, produced a 22-9 overall record in 2006-07 and a second-place finish in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark.  Led by 2006 Naismith National Coach of the Year Jay Wright, the Wildcats posted a 22-11 overall record this past season and have advanced to the postseason for six straight seasons.   

Kansas State has faced both UCF and Villanova on one previous occasion.  The Wildcats earned a 71-59 win over the Knights at home on Jan. 6, 2003, while VU's Wildcats earned a 51-34 win over K-State's Wildcats at home on Dec. 27, 1940.


The inaugural Old Spice Classic was played in 2006 with Arkansas defeating West Virginia, 71-64, in the championship game at Disney’s Milk House.  Marist placed third in the event.


Additional information can be found on the Old Spice Classic website at www.oldspiceclassic.com.  For more information on Disney’s Wide World of Sports, visit www.disneysports.com.


The balance of Kansas State’s schedule will be released at a later date.