K-State releases 2013-14 non-conference schedule

By The Mercury

The Kansas State men’s basketball team will host nine non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum in 2013-14, including matchups with Oral Roberts, Long Beach State, Ole Miss and George Washington.

Under second-year head coach Bruce Weber, the Wildcats will play 18 games at home in 2013-14. Of the nine home non-conference contests, five will take place on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons to accommodate fans from across the region. In addition, the Wichita Wildcat Classic at Intrust Bank Arena against Gonzaga will be on Saturday, Dec. 21.

“We think that we have built a strong non-conference schedule in 2013-14,” Weber said in a release. “It is always our goal to challenge our team in the preseason to adequately prepare them for what should be another outstanding year in the Big 12.” 

K-State previously announced its participation in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Nov. 21-24 in San Juan, P.R., to go with its home game vs. Ole Miss in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Dec. 5 and neutral-site contests with Gonzaga in Wichita and Tulane in New York on Dec. 28. The squad will play three games in Puerto Rico in a field that includes Florida State, Georgetown, Long Beach State, Michigan, Northeastern and VCU. The Wildcats and Green Wave will play in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at the Barclays Center on the final Saturday in 2013.

K-State will open its 111th season of basketball when the Wildcats host Pittsburg State in their lone exhibition game on Nov. 1. The season officially gets underway a week later on Nov. 8 when the Cats host Northern Colorado.

The exhibition with Pitt State will be the first of four straight home games for the Wildcats, which also includes the opener with Northern Colorado and contests against Oral Roberts on Nov. 13 and Long Beach State on Nov. 17.

Following the trip to Puerto Rico, K-State opens the month of December with four consecutive home games before its contest with Gonzaga in Wichita.

The Wildcats play Central Arkansas on Dec. 1 before hosting Ole Miss four days later on Dec. 5. The squad then concludes the homestand with South Dakota on Dec. 10 and Troy on Dec. 15.

After trips to Wichita and Brooklyn, the Wildcats wrap up non-conference play on Dec. 31 with a home game against the Atlantic 10’s George Washington.

The complete Big 12 schedule, along with game times and the television schedule will be released at a later date. In addition to its non-conference slate, the Wildcats will again face an 18-game, round-robin Big 12 schedule.

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