MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas State men’s basketball released their updated schedule Monday afternoon. The Wildcats will tip off the season when they host the inaugural Little Apple Classic on Nov. 25 and 27. The Cats’ schedule includes 17 home games at Bramlage Coliseum.
Season tickets as well as gameday procedures for the 2020-21 season will be released in the coming days.
“We are excited to finally be able to release our 2020-21 schedule,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “This has been a huge undertaking by Drew Speraw, Director of Operations, and Casey Scott, Executive Associate AD, as well as Jeff Jackson who serves as the Big 12 Associate Commissioner. I appreciate their efforts to get this done under incredibly difficult circumstances. We know that changes are most likely going to happen as we go along, but this will give our players a goal to work towards as we continue to practice and get ready for the season.”
K-State will play host to Colorado, Drake and South Dakota in their inaugural Little Apple Classic tournament.
The Wildcats will play eight of its nine non-conference games at Bramlage Coliseum, including the return of a home-and-home series with UNLV on Saturday, December 5 and a matchup with former Big 12 foe Texas A&M on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in the previously announced SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The one road game will come in the second edition of the Big 12/BIG EAST Battle with a date and opponent to be released at a later date.
“We feel this is a competitive, non-conference schedule especially for such a new, young team,” Weber said.
The 25th season of Big 12 men’s basketball will have a new wrinkle this season with a pair of conference games in the month of December, as K-State will open at Iowa State on Tuesday, December 15 before hosting Final Four contender Baylor on Saturday, December 19. The Wildcats have faced the Cyclones in an opener more than any other foe (16 times), as the teams will play in the earliest conference opener in school history.
After a break to finish off non-conference play, K-State will resume Big 12 play with a home game against TCU on Saturday, January 2. It will be the first four home games in the first half of league play, including Oklahoma State (Tuesday, January 9), Iowa State (Wednesday, January 13) and West Virginia (Saturday, January 23).
Following the home game with Texas A&M on January 30, the Wildcats will open the second half with a road game at rival Kansas on Tuesday, February 2, which will be the first of two meetings in a two-week span. Home games in the second half include consecutive games with Texas Tech (Saturday, February 6) and Texas (Tuesday, February 9) to go along with Kansas (Tuesday, February 16) and Oklahoma (Tuesday, February 23).
“The Big 12 will once again be one of the best – if not the best – conference in the country,” said Weber. “Every team has a legitimate shot at the NCAA Tournament and beyond. I expect nothing but the same hard-fought, competitive environments that we have seen every year game-in and game-out.”
The last week of the regular season has been left open to accommodate any postponed games, as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship is scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday, March 10-13 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.
Game times and television designations will be released as they become official. For news and notes from the 2020-21 schedule, click here.
2020-21 Men’s Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent
Little Apple Classic (Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.)
Wednesday Nov. 25 Colorado vs. South Dakota State
K-STATE vs. DRAKE
Friday Nov. 27 Drake vs. South Dakota State
K-STATE vs. COLORADO
Monday Nov. 30 KANSAS CITY
Saturday Dec. 5 UNLV
Tuesday Dec. 8 MILWAUKEE
Big 12/Big East Battle
Tuesday Dec. 15 @Iowa State*
Saturday Dec. 19 BAYLOR*
Monday Dec. 21 JACKSONVILLE
Tuesday Dec. 29 SOUTH DAKOTA
Saturday Jan. 2 TCU*
Tuesday Jan. 5 @Texas Tech*
Saturday Jan. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE*
Wednesday Jan. 13 IOWA STATE*
Saturday Jan. 16 @Texas*
Tuesday Jan. 19 @Oklahoma*
Saturday Jan. 23 WEST VIRGINIA*
Wednesday Jan. 27 @Baylor*
Big 12-SEC Challenge (Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.)
Saturday Jan. 30 TEXAS A&M
Tuesday Feb. 2 @Kansas*
Saturday Feb. 6 TEXAS TECH*
Tuesday Feb. 9 TEXAS*
Saturday Feb. 13 @Oklahoma State*
Tuesday Feb. 16 KANSAS*
Saturday Feb. 20 @TCU*
Tuesday Feb. 23 OKLAHOMA*
Saturday Feb. 27 @West Virginia*
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship (T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Mo.)
Wed.-Sat. March 10-13
Courtesy: K-State Athletics