K-State To Make Two Appearances on Big Monday

Senior Rodney McGruder is one of 13 returning lettermen for K-State in 2012-13, including one of seven with starting experience.

July 25, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s basketball will make two appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday in 2013, as the Big 12 Conference and ESPN announced pairings for its signature national telecasts on Wednesday.

The two national television appearances will include a trip to Kansas for the Sunflower Showdown, presented by Dillons, set for Allen Fieldhouse on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. CST and the return of former head coach Bob Huggins and his West Virginia squad to Bramlage Coliseum on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. CST.

The Sunflower Showdown will be broadcast to a national audience for the fourth consecutive season in 2013, including the third in a row on Big Monday.  In all, it will mark the 18th time since 1988 that the rivalry has been broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2.  Huggins will make his first trip to Bramlage Coliseum for the February 18 game since coaching the Wildcats to 23 wins in 2006-07.  It will also mark the Mountaineers’ first trip to Manhattan.

The complete Big 12 schedule as well as game times and a full television schedule will be released at a later date.  It will be the second year of the 18-game, round-robin format but the first with the additions of TCU and West Virginia.

Men’s basketball season-ticket holders will have until Wednesday, August 15 to arrange payment and retain their seats for the 2012-13.  All fans interested in season tickets are encouraged to order or renew by the August 15 priority deadline.  Season tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com and in-person at the ticket office.

Seat locations will be very limited following the deadline, as Bramlage Coliseum has been sold out each of the past two seasons.  K-State ranks as one of just 14 schools nationally to draw more than 12,000 in paid attendance for every regular season home game over the last two seasons.  The list also includes Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and Creighton. 

Department officials anticipate 19 home games (including two exhibition games) in 2012-13. 

Under the direction of first-year head coach Bruce Weber, the squad returns 13 lettermen, including seven players with starting experience, in 2012-13.  The group is headlined by two-time All-Big 12 performer Rodney McGruder (15.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.) and fellow Big 12 All-Defensive Team member Jordan Henriquez (7.6 ppg., 2.4 bpg.) as well as senior guard Martavious Irving (5.5 ppg., 1.5 apg.). 

K-State made its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons in 2011-12, as the Wildcats posted a 22-11 overall record and earned a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standings with a 10-8 mark.  It was the school’s unprecedented sixth consecutive 20-win season and sixth straight trip to the postseason.

The Wildcats are currently in the midst of preparations for its 10-day trip to Brazil, which is set for August 8-17 in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero.  The squad is hosting an open practice, presented by Manhattan Broadcasting, on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m., which will include a scrimmage and autograph session.  Fans are asked to enter the arena through the northwest and southwest doors.