July 19, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will make a school-record four appearances on ESPN’s marquee Big Monday broadcast in 2011, as the media giant and the Big 12 Conference announced its line-up on Monday.
K-State will host two Big Monday games, first against Baylor on Jan. 24 and then against archrival Kansas on Feb. 14, while the Wildcats will travel to Missouri on Jan. 17 followed by a trip to Texas on Feb. 28. K-State tied Kansas for the most Big Monday appearances of any Big 12 school.
“We’re very excited to have four games on ESPN’s Big Monday line-up,” said head coach Frank Martin. “This is obviously a great opportunity to not only showcase our program, but also the university and the Manhattan community. We look forward to the challenge of playing these outstanding basketball teams.”
The Wildcats will open play on Big Monday with a visit to Mizzou Arena to face Missouri in the first game of a Big 12 doubleheader beginning at a special time of 4:30 p.m. CT. Kansas and Baylor will follow in a nightcap at 8:30 p.m. CT. It will mark the first time the two longtime rivals have met on a Big Monday telecast since the Tigers posted a 67-51 victory at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 8, 1993. K-State and Missouri have one of the league’s most competitive series with the Wildcats holding a slight 116-115 edge since 1907.
It will also represent the second straight season and the fourth time overall that the Wildcats have played a Big Monday game on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The squad has knocked off the No. 1 team in their last two appearances, toppling No. 1 Kansas, 68-64, on Jan. 17, 1994 and No. 1 Texas, 71-62, last season.
The school will make its second consecutive Big Monday appearance on Jan. 24 when the Wildcats host the Baylor Bears at 8 p.m. CT. Both teams made remarkable runs in the NCAA Tournament last season with each advancing to the Elite Eight. The squads played a pair of memorable games in 2009-10 with the Wildcats handing the Bears their lone home defeat on Jan. 26 by a score of 76-74, before earning an 82-75 victory in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Baylor has won three of the last five meetings in Manhattan.
The Sunflower Showdown will make its sixth appearance on Big Monday when the longtime rivals square off in Manhattan on Valentine’s Day. Last season, the two teams met three times, including in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship game. The overtime thriller won by Kansas in Manhattan on Jan. 30 was the highest-rated and most-viewed Big 12 regular season conference game on ESPN since 1997.
K-State and Texas will meet for the third time in the last four seasons on a Big Monday broadcast when the teams play at the Erwin Center on Feb. 28. Last season, the Wildcats knocked off the top-ranked Longhorns for their third win in the last five meetings. The squad has won back-to-back games in Austin.
K-State has made 10 previous appearances on Big Monday since the Big Eight/12 joined the line-up in 1992. The team previously made a season-high two Big Monday appearances in 1992, 1993 and 2007.
The Wildcats are listed prominently in several preseason Top 10 polls and return two starters and nine lettermen in 2010-11, including The Sporting News’ third team All-American Jacob Pullen and All-Newcomer Team selection Curtis Kelly. The school is coming off one of its best seasons ever, in which, it posted a school-record 29 wins and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988.
Season tickets will go on sale for the 2010-11 season later in the week with season ticket renewal invoices and information brochures being mailed to all 2009-10 season ticket holders today. Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.
The entire Big 12 schedule as well as the remaining non-conference slate will be released in the coming weeks.