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K-State men announce 2014-15 non-con slate

By The Mercury

Eight games at Bramlage Coliseum, a trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational and a return to the Sprint Center for the Wildcat Classic highlight the 2014-15 Kansas State men’s basketball non-conference schedule released on Monday.

The 14-game non-conference slate could include as many as 11 teams that participated in the postseason a year ago, including seven from the NCAA tournament.

K-State’s season begins Sunday, Nov. 9, when the Wildcats host Division-II foe Washburn in their lone exhibition game.

The season officially gets underway less than a week later on Friday, Nov. 14 when the squad hosts Southern Utah.

K-State previously announced several components of its non-conference schedule, including the Maui Invitational Nov. 24-26, the SEC-Big 12 Challenge contest at Tennessee on Dec. 6, the Wildcat Classic contest with Texas A&M at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 20 and the home game with Georgia on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

In all, the Wildcats will play 17 games at home in 2014-15, including the nine-game Big 12 slate with visits from NCAA tournament teams Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas and NIT participant West Virginia. The complete Big 12 schedule, along with game times and television information, will be released at a later date. 

The exhibition with Washburn will be the first of three straight home games for the Wildcats, which also includes the opener with Southern Utah and a contest against UMKC on Nov. 17.

K-State will play its first road game of the season on Nov. 21, with a trip to Long Beach State prior to leaving for Hawaii and the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

K-State will face arguably the best field of any preseason tournament in Maui, as the eight schools combined to go 190-87 (.686) in 2013-14 with seven advancing to either the NCAA tournament or NIT. The field includes two conference champions in Arizona (Pac-12) and San Diego State (Mountain West), NCAA tournament teams BYU and Pittsburgh, NIT participant Missouri, Big Ten foe Purdue and Division-II host Chaminade. 

K-State will be making its third trip to Maui and fifth overall in-season trip to Hawaii, which includes participation in the 1985 and 1998 Maui Invitationals, a 1993 trip to the University of Hawaii and the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Following its trip to Hawaii, the school opens the month of December with a home game against Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 2.

The Wildcats play their second true road game of the non-conference schedule on Dec. 6 with a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Volunteers in the second annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

The team returns to Manhattan for back-to-back home games against Bradley on Dec. 9 and Savannah State on Dec. 14.

After the holiday break, the Wildcats wrap up non-conference play with home games against Texas Southern on Dec. 28 and Georgia on Dec. 31.

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