K-State Announces Non-Conference Schedule

The Wildcats return two starts and nine lettermen in 2010-11.

Aug. 27, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - A total of 10 non-conference home games, including three in a seven-day period to start the season, highlight the remainder of the 2010-11 Kansas State men's basketball schedule released by athletic department officials on Friday. 


The school previously announced non-conference tilts with James Madison, Presbyterian, Gonzaga and either Duke or Marquette in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, a contest at Washington State in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series on Dec. 3, a neutral site game with Florida in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 18 and a match-up with UNLV in the HyVee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 21.  


"We think that we have assembled the best non-conference schedule of our tenure at K-State," said head coach Frank Martin.  "Our philosophy has always been that you have to challenge your ballclub in the preseason in order to prepare them for such a great league as the Big 12.  We think that we have done that again with quality non-conference games against Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Washington State, Florida and UNLV."


A season ago, Kansas State had a strength of schedule ranked in the Top 5 nationally, which enabled the Wildcats to earn their highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament.  The schedule will again be daunting with as many as six contests against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2009-10, including a possible match-up with defending national champion Duke in the CBE Classic.  In all, eight potential opponents - Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Marquette, Texas Southern, UNLV, Virginia Tech and Washington State - won 16 or more contests a year ago.


Kansas State opens its 108th season of basketball, including the fourth under Martin, when the Wildcats host Washburn in an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 8.  The season officially gets underway on Friday, Nov. 12 when the squad hosts James Madison in the opening round of the CBE Classic on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. 


It will be the first of three home games in seven days for the Wildcats, which also includes a contest with Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 16 as a part of ESPN's third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and a first-ever meeting with Presbyterian on Thursday, Nov. 18.   


K-State returns home from the CBE Classic to play home games with Texas Southern on Friday, Nov. 26 and Emporia State on Monday, Nov. 29 before heading off to Pullman, Wash., to play Washington State in the fourth annual Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.  Last season, the Wildcats knocked off the Cougars, 86-69, at home.


After another home game with Alcorn State on Monday, Dec. 6, the Wildcats travel to Chicago for a homecoming game for senior Jacob Pullen at Loyola Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.   Last season, the squad opened the season with a 92-54 win over the Ramblers at home in the first of a three-game series between the schools.


The Wildcats begin one of the toughest stretches of its non-conference season on Saturday, Dec. 18 when they hit the road for Miami, Fla., to play SEC favorite Florida in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic in the BankAtlantic Center.  It will be a homecoming for head coach Frank Martin, who grew up in the city and coached in the high school ranks before starting his collegiate coaching career.  Just three days later, the squad will play UNLV at the Sprint Center.  A year ago, the Wildcats knocked off the Rebels, 95-80, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  UNLV returns at least five players with starting experience from a team that won 25 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.   


K-State rounds out the non-conference schedule with three consecutive home games, starting with UMKC on Thursday, Dec. 23.  It will be the first meeting between the schools since 2003 and the first in Bramlage Coliseum since 1998.  The Wildcats then play North Florida on Friday, Dec. 31 and Savannah State on Monday, Jan. 3 before beginning Big 12 play on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Oklahoma State.


Season tickets for Kansas State's entire home schedule are currently on sale.  Season ticket packages start at $345 for bench seating, while Cat Cushion and Chairback pricing starts at $365 and $445, respectively.  There are also a limited number of Young Alumni packages priced at $200, which are available for all K-State undergraduate degree recipients in the past five years (August 2006 to August 2010).  An Ahearn Fund contribution is required for all premium, Chairback and cushioned seating. 


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


Season ticket holders have until Tuesday to renew their tickets for the upcoming season.


Kansas State is coming off a record-breaking season in 2009-10, in which, the Wildcats won a school-record 29 games and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988.  The squad returns two starters and nine lettermen in 2010-11, including preseason All-American Jacob Pullen. 


The addition of a possible second exhibition game as well as the FSN Kansas City television schedule will be released at a later date.