Kansas State and Colorado State have agreed to play a men’s basketball game on Dec. 19 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.
It will be the first of two nonconference games between the teams, with the second being played at a site and date of Colorado State’s choosing, according to K-State officials.
An official announcement is expected after Colorado State finalizes specifics on the return game. Tip-off time for the Wichita game will be decided by the Big 12’s television partners.
The game will mark a return to Wichita for the Wildcats, who last played at Intrust on Dec. 21, 2013, defeating Gonzaga 72-62. K-State also played at Intrust during the 2011-12 season, falling to West Virginia 85-80 in overtime. Both games were played in front of large, loud crowds, which prompted K-State coach Bruce Weber to continue scheduling games in Wichita every other year.
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Earlier this season, Weber said K-State was close to finalizing a game against Colorado State in Wichita. Now that the game is set, it allows the Wildcats to continue their tradition of playing a neutral-site game against a known opponent on the final weekend before Christmas. That formula has been good to them in recent years, as they have scored late December victories over Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama in Kansas City and Gonzaga in Wichita.
Colorado State, coached by former Iowa State head man Larry Eustachy, has been in and out of the top 25 rankings this season. The Rams are currently receiving votes in the Associated Press poll and are in contention for a Mountain West championship at 16-3.
Other known games on K-State’s 2015-16 schedule include road trips to Texas A&M and Georgia and two games in the CBE Classic, which includes Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern, at the Sprint Center.