Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunflower Showdown to air on Big Monday

In what has become a staple of ESPN programming, the Sunflower Showdown between Kansas State and Kansas will once again air on its signature telecast, as the Big 12 and ESPN announced its Big Monday pairings on Monday afternoon.

The long-standing rivalry, which dates back to 1907, will air nationally from Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. It will mark the ninth consecutive season that the contest will air to a national audience, including the fifth year in a row on Big Monday.

The 2015 contest will also mark the 11th time that Bramlage Coliseum has played host to a Big Monday telecast, including the seventh time against Kansas. In all, it will mark the 23rd time since 1988 that the rivalry has been broadcast on ABC Sports, ESPN or ESPN2.

In 2014, K-State knocked off No. 7 Kansas, 85-82, in overtime behind 20 points from freshman Marcus Foster. In 2011, the Wildcats defeated the top-ranked Jayhawks, 84-68.

The complete Big 12 schedule, as well as game times and a full television schedule, will be released within the next 10 days. As part of the 18-game, round-robin format, K-State will host all nine league members at Bramlage Coliseum.

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