Kansas State (5-1) will look to continue the momentum it gained
during the last two days of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday, as the
Wildcats play host to No. 17 Oregon (5-1) at Bramlage Coliseum
begining at 8 p.m. The match-up will be the first between ranked
teams in Manhattan in over 25 years, as the 14th-ranked Wildcats
dropped a 59-58 decision to No. 1 Missouri at Ahearn Field House on
Jan. 30, 1982. The Ducks are the first ranked non-conference foe to
visit since the Wildcats upset No. 19 Iowa, 86-78, on Dec. 23, 2000.
Kansas State finished in fourth place at the Old Spice Classic last
week, as the Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season to
George Mason (77-87) on Nov. 22 to post back-to-back wins over UCF
(73-71 in overtime) on Nov. 23 and Rider (82-69) on Nov. 25 to
conclude the weekend. The squad was once again led by freshman
phenom Michael Beasley, who averaged 24.3 points on 60.4 percent
shooting with 11.0 rebounds en route to earning all-tournament team
honors. Fellow rookie Jacob Pullen also performed well, averaging
17.3 points on 38.9 percent shooting with 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals.
Thursday’s contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Jon
Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the
action. It will be the fourth of a school-record 13 appearances on
national television for the Wildcats, including four on ESPN2.