K-State announces men's hoops slate
K-State announces men's hoops slate
“We think that we have put together a schedule that is as challenging as any
The 12 national games surpass the previous school-record of 10 appearances set last season. Each of the contests will come on the ESPN family of networks, including five on ESPN, five on ESPN2 and two on ESPNU. In the past two seasons, the Wildcats have made 22 national appearances on ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or Fox Sports Net compared to just five the previous six years combined.
The first of five appearances on ESPN will come against Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic at historic
K-State will make the first of up-to five regular-season appearances on ESPN2 on Thanksgiving Day against George Mason at the Old Spice Classic in
The team will also make at least two appearances on ESPNU with its match-ups against Xavier at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and at
In addition to the national telecasts,
Kansas State could face up to 14 teams from 10 different conferences and the independent ranks during the non-conference portion of its 2007-08 schedule, including members of the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Sky, Colonial, Conference USA, Northeast, Pacific-10 and Summit Leagues. There are four first-time opponents, including George Mason,
The non-conference slate will provide numerous challenges for Martin’s first squad with appearances in the Old Spice Classic in
K-State completes the month with a home game with
The Wildcats return home for a string of three consecutive home games beginning with the completion of a home-and-home series with
After taking a break for semester exams, the team will play NCAA Tournament participant Florida A&M on Monday, Dec. 17 at a site to be determined. University officials are in discussions about moving the home game to the new
The school concludes non-conference play on Monday, Jan. 7 against
The Wildcats begin the home portion of their conference slate against NCAA Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Aggies will be the first of six games against five league foes that advanced to either the NCAA Tournament or NIT in 2006-07.
Following the home opener,
The Wildcats begin the all-important month of February with a road game against
A stretch of three road tilts in four games begins on Wednesday, Feb. 13 against NCAA Tournament participant Texas Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. After a home game against
K-State returns home on Monday, Feb. 25 with a match-up against NCAA Tournament participant
The team starts the month of March with a road contest at
The 12th annual Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship runs from Thursday, March 13 to Sunday, March 16 at the
In addition to the returning lettermen, the school will also be armed with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes (No. 2 by Rivals.com and No. 5 by ESPN and Scout.com) and includes consensus No. 1 high school recruit Michael Beasley (Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep/Washington, D.C.), who recently led the USA Basketball U19 team to a silver medal at the FIBA World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia.
K-State will release details of the Florida A&M game, the times for the remaining home games and the FSN Midwest television schedule at a later date. FSN is contracted to televise at least 10 contests.
After setting school records for season ticket sales (13,000) last season, sales have continued to be steady with over 11,500 public and student tickets already on order. The Wildcats finished just out of the top-25 in home attendance in 2006-07 with an average attendance of 12,301 for 17 home games.
For ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221.CATS or go online to www.k-statesports.com.