Ultimate Wildcat Saturday in Manhattan

And, in between their time in Ahearn Fieldhouse and Bill Snyder Family Stadium, fans can swing by Bramlage Coliseum to check out the K-State women's basketball open practice with head coach Jeff Mittie at 4 p.m., followed by a scrimmage by the men's basketball team at 5 p.m. The open practices also mark the fans' first opportunity to check out the new Bramlage Coliseum videoboard! 
The 22nd-ranked Wildcats return home to Ahearn Field House this afternoon after a 3-2 win at West Virginia on Oct. 25.  With talented youth and leadership from its veterans, K-State is 6-2 in conference play and 19-3 overall this 2014 season. 
Coming off of a much needed mid-week bye as the team heads into the second half of its conference schedule, the Wildcats are ready to build off of their continued success. 
"It feels like it's been forever since we've played at home," said redshirt sophomore setter Katie Brand. "We love playing here, so we're excited to be back."
K-State and Texas Tech (15-6, 3-6 Big 12) last met on Oct. 4, in Lubbock, Texas, where K-State swept the Red Raiders by scores of 27-25, 25-18 and 25-22. 
"As far as (Texas) Tech is concerned, they're a very capable team," head coach Suzie Fritz said. "We struggled with them down there. We won, but it was not pretty. We left there, in some degree, feeling good about the win but not really feeling very good about the way we played. I think we would like to play a lot cleaner this second go-around."
If fans bring their Oklahoma State football tickets to today's volleyball match, they can purchase tickets to cheer on the Wildcat volleyball squad for just $3.
Holding the top position in the Big 12 standings as the league's only undefeated team, K-State (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) is set to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) tonight at 7 p.m., in Bill Snyder Family Stadium with game aired regionally on ABC.
Oklahoma State travels to Manhattan following a 34-10 home loss to No. 22 West Virginia. Although the Cowboys have lost their last two games, K-State head coach Bill Snyder said he and his team will not be taking tonight's matchup lightly.
"They're capable of being as good as anybody," said Snyder. "Our dialogue has always been that anybody can beat anybody at any time depending on how well they prepare to play. That's always been our approach. I think our players really understand that and have experienced that in so many different ways. They're not oblivious to what's going on in college football around the country; they understand that there are no walks in the park."
Oklahoma State kicked off the 2014 season with a contest against reigning National Champion Florida State. Though the Seminoles took home a 37-31 victory, the game came down to the wire, thus proving Snyder's point - with college football, each game is anybody's game.
K-State is coming off of a 23-0 shutout win over Texas where the Wildcat defense held the Longhorns to just 196 total yards. Sophomore linebacker Will Davis said earning its first Big 12 shutout only makes this year's talented defensive unit hungry for more. 
"As a defense, we are always trying to come out and shut someone out," explained Davis. "That's a big thing for any defense no matter who you're playing against, so I think that does drive us more; it keeps us motivated for the next week and this upcoming game."
Its last home game for nearly a month as the Wildcats will face back-to-back road tests at TCU and West Virginia, K-State is ready to get back in front of its faithful fans.  And, after playing back-to-back morning games, there's nothing quite like a fall evening in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 
"It's a different atmosphere," said senior linebacker Jonathan Truman on playing a night game. "Having a late game, it's a long day and we're always ready to get going. At that point when the lights kick on and the stadium is filled up, the team is just ready to finally get out there and play."
Fans can get their first look at this year's K-State men's and women's basketball teams as they will host a pair of open practices in Bramlage Coliseum. The women's team will take the floor at 4 p.m., with the men's team concluding the event with a scrimmage at 5 p.m., and both team's head coaches and seniors will address the crowd following the conclusion of each practice.
The open practice sessions are free and open to the public with concessions available at the west and north concession stands inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State fans who have not purchased season tickets for the basketball seasons will have the opportunity to select their seat during the event as available seat locations will be tagged during the practice sessions. K-State Athletics ticket office staff members will be available to assist in the purchase of season tickets.
K-State women's basketball will tip-off its 2014-15 season with an exhibition against Emporia State at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information about the game, click here
The Wildcat men's basketball team will begin its 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition against Washburn in Bramlage Coliseum at 2 p.m., on Nov. 9. To check out this season's men's basketball schedule, click here

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