K-State/Georgia to Air on ESPNU at 3 pm

Sept. 2, 2014

K-State Athletics

Season Tickets On Sale Now

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's men's basketball game with Georgia on New Year's Eve at Bramlage Coliseum will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU at 3 p.m. CT, it was announced on Tuesday.

The meeting will be the first between the schools since the 1987 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah and the first game in a home-and-home series, which will conclude on Dec. 22, 2015 at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia.

The Wildcats will play at least 22 games on the ESPN family of networks, including eight on ESPNU.

The 2014 contest will serve as a homecoming for sixth-year Georgia head coach Mark Fox, who is a native of Garden City, Kansas, and a former assistant coach at K-State from 1994-2000. During his six-year stint on the coaching staff of head coach Tom Asbury, Fox helped the Wildcats post an 85-88 overall record with three postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Fox's wife, Cindy, also spent time in the K-State Athletics Department, serving five years as Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Senior Woman Administrator.

Both teams are coming off 20-win seasons and postseason appearances in 2013-14. K-State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the school-record fifth consecutive season with a 20-13 overall record - the school's eighth straight 20-win season - and finished in fifth place in the ultra-competitive Big 12 with a 10-8 mark. Georgia (20-14) collected a 20-win season for the second time in the last four years under Fox and advanced to the second round of the NIT. The Bulldogs finished in a tie for second place in the SEC standings with national runner-up Kentucky with a 12-6 mark.   

The Wildcats are set to return nine lettermen, including five players with starting experience, in 2014-15 to go along with Division I transfers Justin Edwards and Brandon Bolden. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 Second Team selection Marcus Foster (15.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and honorable mention pick Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.). Overall, the team returns more than 70 percent of its scoring and 65 percent of its rebounding.

The Bulldogs return eight lettermen and three starters, including All-SEC Second Team selection Charles Mann (13.9 ppg., 4.2 rpg.) and fellow junior guard Kenny Gaines (13.0 ppg., 2.5 rpg.). Mann paced the squad in scoring, assists, steals and minutes, while Gaines was tops in 3-point field goals (57). The Dawgs also return their top rebounder in rising senior Marcus Thornton (8.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg.).

K-State has met at least one SEC opponent in each of the last six seasons and could play as many as four this upcoming season, which includes a trip to Knoxville, Tennessee to play the Volunteers on Dec. 6 in the second annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge and a date with Texas A&M at the Sprint Center on Dec. 20. The possibility also exists to play former Big 12 foe and current SEC member Missouri in the EA Sports Maui Invitational in November.

Season tickets for the 17-game home schedule are currently on sale in the K-State Athletics Ticket Office with a variety of packages available. Single-game tickets for the eight non-conference home games, including the Georgia contest, will go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 6. Fans can purchase tickets toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.