Kansas State (9-4) concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Monday, as the Wildcats play their first game of the new year against Savannah State (8-12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. CT. The team will look to win its first game of a new year for the third time in the last four seasons.
The squad will look to capture its 10th non-conference win of the season for the 18th time since 1972-73 season and for the third time in the last four seasons. K-State has already guaranteed itself a winning record in non-league play for the 36th straight season dating back to 1972-73. The team has won 37 of its last 49 games against non-conference foes, including a stellar 30-2 mark at home.
The Wildcats are coming off the worst defeat of the season to upstart Xavier, who earned their second straight win in the series with a 103-77 victory on Dec. 31. Despite shooting 57.1 percent in the second half, the team could never overcome an early 14-0 deficit in allowing their highest point total in nearly six seasons. The Musketeers recorded opponent highs in nine categories, including points (103), field goals (32) and field goal percentage (53.3). The 103 points were the most allowed since No. 1 Kansas scored 103 on Feb. 27, 2002.
Saturday’s contest will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Midwest (DirecTV 648, Dish Network 444) with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action. The viewing area is restricted to the state of Kansas and the Kansas City area by Big 12 Conference regulations. It will be the seventh of 10 appearances on the network and one of a school-record 29 televised contests. The team is 15-1 over the past two seasons on FSN Midwest.
The game will also be broadcast on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (Powercat Passport Internet Audio; Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 127) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Matt Walters (analyst) calling the action.