New Era Begins with Round-Robin Schedule

Junior Rodney McGruder will be one of seven lettermen returning for K-State in 2011-12.

Aug. 4, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – A new era of Kansas State men’s basketball began on Thursday when the Big 12 Conference announced its new 18-game round-robin schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season.  

The Wildcats, who are coming off their fifth consecutive 20-win season and 25th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010-11, will play home-and-home contests with all nine conference foes for the first time since the Big Eight era, including for the first time with Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.  In all, the squad will play 10 games against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2010-11, including five in Bramlage Coliseum.

“We’re beginning an exciting, new era of Big 12 Conference basketball in 2011-12,” said head coach Frank Martin.  “The league was already one of the best in the country and now we face the challenging task of preparing our guys for 18 games against some of the best teams and coaches in the country in some of the toughest environments in college basketball.  Although, our young team will be tested, it is going to make for an exciting season.”
 
K-State’s 18-game league schedule includes six nationally-televised games, including back-to-back prime contests on ESPN with NCAA Tournament participant Texas (Feb. 11, 1 p.m.) and reigning Big 12 champion Kansas (Feb. 13, 8 p.m.).  The package also includes three appearances on ESPN2 and one more on ESPNU.  The Wildcats will host the Longhorns on Jan. 18 (8 p.m.) on ESPN2, while their road contests against fellow NCAA Tournament foes Missouri on Feb. 21 (6 p.m.) and Texas A&M on Feb. 28 (6 p.m.) will also appear on the network.  In addition, the Jan. 25 game at Texas Tech (8 p.m.) will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The Wildcats will also have nine regular season games broadcast as a part of the Big 12 Conference Television network, beginning with the league opener at Kansas on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.  Six times the Wildcats will lead off the network’s marquee Saturday afternoon package at 12:30 p.m., including home games against Missouri (Jan. 7), Iowa State (Feb. 25) and Oklahoma State (March 3).

K-State opens Big 12 play on the road against the Jayhawks on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.  It will mark the 11th time that the two longtime rivals have met in a conference opener, including the sixth time at Allen Fieldhouse, and the first time since 2004.  It will be the earliest league lid-lifter for the Wildcats in 10 years since they opened at Oklahoma State on Jan. 2, 2002.  

The squad opens the home portion of its schedule with back-to-back games at Bramlage Coliseum, beginning with the opener against Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 7 on the Big 12 Network at 12:30 p.m.  Home games with Baylor (Jan. 10) and Texas (Jan. 18) sandwich a road game against Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 14.  The Wildcat All-American and former head coach begins his first season in Norman in 2011-12.

The Wildcats wrap up January on the road in three of four contests, including games at Oklahoma State (Jan. 21), Texas Tech (Jan. 25) and Iowa State (Jan. 31).  The lone home game comes against the Sooners on Saturday, Jan. 28.

K-State kicks off the month of February with three of its first four games at home, including back-to-back contests against Texas A&M (Feb. 4) and Texas Tech (Feb. 7).  After a three-day stretch with games against Texas (Feb. 11) and Kansas (Feb. 13), the squad will conclude the month with three of the next four away from home, including consecutive road tilts at Baylor (Feb. 18) and Missouri (Feb. 21).  The month ends with a home game with Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 25 and a road tilt at Texas A&M on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  

The Wildcats will cap the home schedule with Oklahoma State on Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m., before competing in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on March 7-10 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
 
Complete game times as well as the FOX Sports Kansas City television schedule will be released at a later date.  

Bramlage Coliseum was sold out through season tickets for men’s basketball games last season. The K-State Ticket Office is currently accepting wait-list applications for fans interested in purchasing new season tickets for the 2011-12 season.  The application is available online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets, or by calling the ticket office at (800) 221.CATS.  Fans on the wait list will be contacted this fall, in athletic department priority point order, with an opportunity to purchase seats that become available after the season ticket renewal process.
 
K-State posted a 23-11 overall record in 2010-11, including a tie for third place in the Big 12 with a 10-6 mark, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.  The school has advanced to the postseason in five straight seasons for the first time in school history.  The Wildcats return seven lettermen, including five with starting experience, in 2011-12 to go with freshman Nino Williams and five newcomers.