Kansas State discussing game against Texas A&M at Sprint Center
04/23/2014 7:20 PM
04/23/2014 7:20 PM
Kansas State likely will return to the Sprint Center next season for a nonconference basketball game against Texas A&M.
Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy told Texas radio station KZNE Tuesday night that the Aggies had agreed to the game, according to AggieSports.com.
On Wednesday morning, K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber said the Wildcats and Aggies had discussed a neutral-court series, before adding: “Nothing has been confirmed yet.”
Two K-State sources said the teams were finalizing a deal, but no contracts have been signed. One possible holdup on the series could be where to play the return game, though Houston’s Toyota Center might be a possibility. Texas A&M played Oklahoma there last season.
K-State played a regular season game at the Sprint Center for six straight seasons from 2007 to 2012, beating Florida, Alabama, IUPUI, Southern Mississippi and Florida A&M. Its lone loss was to UNLV. All six games were played in December.
The Wildcats opted out of a Sprint Center game last year, choosing to play Gonzaga at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena. After that game, Weber said he wanted to schedule a nonconference game at the Sprint Center every year and at Intrust Bank Arena every other year.
“That is our mind-set,” Weber said then. “We would have done Kansas City this year, but I thought our schedule was hard enough.”
K-State officials previously said the Wildcats will return to the Sprint Center for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the 2015-16 season.
A game against Texas A&M at the Sprint Center would add another intriguing opponent to K-State’s 2014-15 schedule. The Aggies went 18-16 last year with an 8-10 mark in the Southeastern Conference. They played in the postseason College Basketball Invitational, losing in the second round at Illinois State.
It would also renew a Big 12 rivalry. K-State leads the series 17-7.
Other known nonconference games on K-State’s schedule include a road trip to Long Beach State, a home game against Georgia and the Maui Invitational. Arizona, BYU, Missouri, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Purdue and Chaminade will join K-State in that tournament.
The Wildcats will also play a road game in the Big 12/SEC challenge.