MANHATTAN, Kan. - 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 beginning 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.
The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 119) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) behind the mikes.