K-State To Meet Gonzaga in CBE Classic

K-State will make at least four appearances in the Sprint Center next season, including the CBE Classic.

Aug. 5, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s already difficult men’s basketball schedule got a lot tougher on Thursday, as the CBE Classic announced that the Wildcats will meet Gonzaga in the championship rounds of the tournament at the Sprint Center on Monday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.


The contest with the Bulldogs will follow the first game of the doubleheader between reigning national champion Duke and NCAA Tournament participant Marquette, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.  The winners of the two games will meet in the title game on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN2, while the losers will play in the consolation game beginning at 6:45 p.m. CT on ESPNU.    


“I’ve said before this is the toughest non-conference schedule we have played since we came to K-State,” said head coach Frank Martin.  “Gonzaga has established itself as one of the elite programs in the country.  They return four starters from a team that won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive season.  This will be yet another challenge and opportunity for our ball club.”


Gonzaga, which has won at least 20 games for 13 consecutive seasons, returns four starters from a team that posted a 27-7 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Zags finished the year ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll.  They return West Coast Conference (WCC) Newcomer of the Year Elias Harris, who averaged 14.9 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game, as well as All-WCC selection Steven Gray, who averaged 13.6 points per outing.  The Bulldogs are ranked in the preseason Top 15 by both ESPN’s Andy Katz (ninth) and Dick Vitale (15th). 


Tickets for both games of the CBE Classic can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.  There are a variety of ticket prices, starting as low as $10 for the upper level.


The tournament organizers also announced on Thursday that the regional round match-up between K-State and James Madison at Bramlage Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 12 will tip off at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  The time for the other regional round game between the Wildcats and Presbyterian on Thursday, Nov. 18 is still to be determined.


The CBE Classic games now give K-State 14 national television opportunities in 2010-11, including as many as four on both ESPN2 and ESPNU.      


Kansas State is coming off one of its best seasons in school history in 2009-10, in which, the Wildcats tallied a school-record 29 wins and advanced to the Elite Eight for the 12th time in school history and the first time since 1988.  The squad will return two starters and nine lettermen in 2010-11, including The Sporting News’ third team All-American Jacob Pullen and All-Newcomer Team selection Curtis Kelly. 



The athletics department is working to complete the remaining non-conference schedule, but the Wildcats will play 18 home games at Bramlage Coliseum in 2010-11.  The non-conference slate as well as the FSN Kansas City television schedule will be released at a later date.


Season tickets are currently on sale in the Athletic Ticket Office.  The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.k-statesports.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, (800) 221.CATS.