K-State to Play Boston U. in Puerto Rico

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will play Boston University in the first round of the 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as ESPN Regional Television, Inc., announced the pairing for the tournament on Tuesday afternoon. 


The Wildcats and Terriers, who will be meeting for the first time in their respective histories, will play in Game 4 of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.  The contest is one of three that will not be televised during the three-day tournament.  The winner of the contest will play the winner of Game 3 between Indiana and Ole Miss on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  The losers of Game 3 and 4 will play at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, which will not be televised.


Other first round match-ups on Thursday include Dayton and Georgia Tech at 10:30 a.m. CT and George Mason and Villanova at 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  The game between Indiana and Ole Miss tips at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2. 


The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship game at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 22.  There will also be three consolation games beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT.


The O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off includes 12 games in three days with most games being televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.  Four of the eight teams in the tournament reached the postseason and recorded 20-win seasons in 2008-09.  Villanova and Dayton played in the NCAA Tournament, with the Wildcats advancing to the Final Four for the first time since 1985.  Like K-State, George Mason played in the National Invitational Tournament.


Boston University posted a 17-13 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the America East Conference in 2008-09.  The Terriers will be led by a first-year head coach in Patrick Chambers, who was the associate head coach at Villanova the past five seasons.  The veteran squad will include nine seniors and four juniors, including leading returning scorer John Holland (18.1 ppg.).  


On day two, the Wildcats could renew a long standing rivalry with Indiana, which includes 31 meetings between 1936 and 1998.  The two teams met every year from 1947 to 1970 and then again from 1980 to 1985.  This could be the first meeting since Indiana posted a 71-70 win at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23, 1998.  The squad led by second-year head coach Tom Crean posted a 6-25 overall record and 1-17 mark in Big Ten play in 2008-09.


A meeting with Ole Miss would pit old friends against each other, as head coach Frank Martin would face third-year Rebels head coach Andy Kennedy.  The two spent time as assistant coaches under Bob Huggins at Cincinnati in 2004-05 before Kennedy was named interim head coach in 2005-06.  The duo helped the Bearcats to a 21-13 overall record and the No. 1 seed in the 2006 National Invitational Tournament.  The Rebels are coming off an injury-plagued 2008-09 season, in which, the squad lost three starters to season-ending injuries en route to a 16-15 overall record and 7-9 mark in SEC play.


K-State returns four starters and eight lettermen from a squad that produced a 22-12 overall record and finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 in 2008-09.  The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NIT, where they lost to top-seeded San Diego State.  In addition, the team will welcome a five-man recruiting class that has been judged to be amongst the top 20 in the nation by several outlets.


Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off website at www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com.