Kansas State women’s basketball has its non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season.
Head coach Jeff Mittie released the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule on Wednesday, which has six home games, a couple games in the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas and a three-game trip in December on the slate.
The Wildcats did not schedule easy to start the season, as they will play five teams that reached the postseason and two from the NCAA tournament in Michigan State and Oregon.
The Wildcats have two exhibition games to start, one on Oct. 29 against Washburn, and another against Fort Hays State on Nov. 1.
The season begins with a four-game home stand, which is the longest Kansas State has scheduled since the 2010-11 seasons. That stretch starts on Nov.8 against Omaha, which was also Kansas State’s first opponent last season. This will be the first time in the history of the program that the Wildcats scheduled the same opponent to open consecutive seasons, spanning over 52 years.
The Wildcats and Mavericks have met five times prior to the upcoming season, and K-State is undefeated in those meetings. Omaha went 8-21 last season with a 2-14 conference record in the Summit League.
The following game for Kansas State is against UIC on Nov. 11. The two teams have met two times before and UIC claimed both games. The last time UIC and Kansas State met was on Dec. 21, 1992 when UIC won 61-60. UIC went 3-26 last year (1-17 in the Horizon League).
The Wildcats get a week off before facing Oral Roberts on Nov. 18. Kansas State controlled this matchup in the past with a 6-2 record and four straight wins in the series. The last time Kansas State played Oral Roberts was on December 14, when the Wildcats won 53-47.
UT Arlington is the final opponent in the opening home stand on Nov. 24. The Wildcats and Mavericks met five time before this season, and The Wildcats hold the upper hand in this one, too, winning all five of those games, including a 70-57 win on December 6, 2017. UT Arlington was solid last season, posting a 24-8 record (15-3 in the Sun Belt Conference) and winning the conference regular season title. The Mavericks’ season ended in the 2019 WNIT.
The first road trip for the Wildcats is on November 29 and 30 when they visit the Junkanoo Jam to compete with Memphis, LSU and Michigan State to win the event. Kansas State hasn’t played in this event since the 2013-14 season when it went 1-1, defeating Virginia and losing to SMU. Kansas State has a 3-3 overall record in the event.
Memphis is the first opponent in the Junkanoo Jam. That game will be played at 2. p.m. (CT) on Nov. 29, followed by either LSU or Michigan State the next day at 5:45 p.m. (CT).
Kansas State and Memphis are tied 2-2 in the all-time series, with this begin the first time the two teams have met since the Wildcats won 68-60 on Nov. 22, 1996, in Manhattan. Memphis went 11-20 in the 2018-19 season (5-11 in the American Athletic Conference.
If Kansas State were to meet LSU in the next round, it would be the seventh meeting. The Wildcats are 4-2 in that series. As for Michigan State, the Spartans and Wildcats have only met once before. That was when the Spartans won 68-65 on Nov. 22, 2007, in the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.
Michigan State would be a tough opponent. The Spartans made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season after going 21-12 (9-9 in the Big Ten).
After the Junkanoo Jam, Kansas State returns to face Incarnate Word in Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 3. The Wildcats and Cardinals have never met.
Following the home game, the Wildcats will try to retain their five-game road winning streak with three games away from Bramlage Coliseum. The first is in the Big 12/SEC challenge when Kansas State travels to Fayetteville to play Arkansas. Arkansas won 60-58 in the last meeting on Dec. 2, 2009, but Kansas State leads the all-time series, 3-2.
The Razorbacks went 22-15 (6-10 in the SEC) last season and reached the round of 16 in the WNIT.
The Wildcats stay within the state for the next home game, which is against UMKC on Dec. 14. The two schools will have met twice since former Kansas State assistant coach Jacie Hoyt took the head coaching job at UMKC.
The two schools played in 2018, when the Wildcats won 61-50 on November 18. The Wildcats have a 9-3 advantage in the series and have won two of the five they’ve played in Kansas City. The two schools haven’t played in Kansas City since Dec. 9, 2006.
UMKC went 16-15 (9-7 in the Western Athletic Conference) in Hoyt’s second season with the Kangaroos last season.
Oregon is the opponent on the three-game road trip, which takes place on Dec. 21. The Wildcats and Ducks met once before on Dec., 19 in Springfield, Mo., resulting in the Wildcats losing, 79-69.
The Ducks were dominant in the 2018-19 season, posting a 33-5 record (16-2 in the Pac 12) and making it to the Final Four. Oregon eventually lost to the champion, Baylor.
The final game before the Wildcats begin conference play is at Bramlage Coliseum against UTRGV on Dec. 28. the Wildcats and Vaqueros met three times before and the Wildcats are undefeated in those matchups. UTRGV went 18-15 (10-6 in the WAC) in the 2018-19 season.