‘Madness in Manhattan’ set for Oct. 25

By The Mercury

A unveiling honoring Kansas State’s basketball heritage will highlight “Madness in Manhattan” on October 25, as the Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball teams tip off the 2013-14 season at Bramlage Coliseum.

Doors for the free event will open at 8 p.m., following the Homecoming parade and pep rally. Festivities will start at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to the unveiling in the Bramlage Coliseum rafters, the evening will feature scrimmages, a dunk contest and skills competition by both teams.

The event will also showcase special video presentations and performances by the K-State pep band, Willie Wildcat and the Classy Cats. In addition, there will be comments from head coaches Bruce Weber and Deb Patterson and selected men’s and women’s players.

The defending Big 12 champion men’s squad, which posted a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in Big 12 play, returns eight lettermen, including four players with starting experience in 2013-14.

The group is headlined by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) and fellow senior Will Spradling (7.4 ppg., 2.4 apg.).

The women’s basketball team, which advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT, returns five players who saw significant action in 2012-13, including senior Chantay Caron, junior Haley Texada and sophomore Bri Craig.

Among the five newcomers to the squad are three players who register 6-foot-3 or taller, including freshman Breanna Lewis who ties for the second-tallest player in the program’s history. Incoming point guard Leti Romero helped the 18-and-under Spanish National Team to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA European Championships for Women.

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