“We are really excited about the challenges and the opportunities of this non-conference schedule,” said Weber. “We will face some really big tests with an Elite Eight team like Florida in Kansas City and an always competitive Gonzaga squad in Seattle. Plus we have a difficult road game against an improving George Washington team and the field of the NIT Season Tip-Off is really strong. The schedule also has a good mix, where we are able to have enough home games to be able to test our veteran team as they adjust to a new system and coaching staff.”
Kansas State opens its 110th season of basketball when the Wildcats host Washburn in the first of two exhibition games on Tuesday, October 30. The second exhibition will be Sunday, November 4 against Emporia State. The season officially gets underway on Friday, November 9 when the squad hosts first-time opponent North Dakota.
The exhibition with Washburn will be the first of six straight home games for the Wildcats, which also includes two games of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday-Tuesday, November 12-13 and North Florida on Sunday, November 18.
Following possible games at Madison Square Garden the week of Thanksgiving, K-State returns home to play first-time opponent South Carolina Upstate on Sunday, December 2. The team then makes a trip to Washington, D.C., to take on Atlantic 10 foe George Washington on Saturday, December 8. Last season, the Wildcats knocked off the Colonials, 69-56, at Bramlage Coliseum in the first meeting since 1940.
K-State will begin a stretch of three games in an eight-day period with a trip to Seattle to play Gonzaga on December 15. After a home game with Texas Southern on Tuesday, December 18, the squad will head to Kansas City to play Florida in the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center on December 22. The Gators won the only previous meeting, 57-44, in the 2010 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic.
The Wildcats conclude non-conference play with back-to-back home games with UMKC on Saturday, December 29 and South Dakota on Monday, December 31.
The complete Big 12 schedule, along with game times and the television schedule will be released at a later date. The league has already announced that K-State will make two appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday in 2013 with a trip to Kansas for the Sunflower Showdown on Monday, February 11 at 8 p.m. CT and the return of former head coach Bob Huggins and his West Virginia team to Bramlage Coliseum on Monday, February 18 at 8 p.m. CT.
Men’s basketball season-ticket holders will have until Wednesday, August 15 to arrange payment and retain their seats for the 2012-13 season. All fans interested in season tickets are encouraged to order or renew by the August 15 priority deadline. Season tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com and in-person at the ticket office. Season ticket prices remain the same for 2012-13.
Seat locations will be very limited following the deadline, as Bramlage Coliseum has been sold out each of the past two seasons. K-State ranks as one of just 14 schools nationally to draw more than 12,000 in paid attendance for every regular season home game over the last two seasons. The list also includes Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and Creighton.