May 16, 2014, 7:57 PM EST
Both Kansas State and Texas A&M took another step towards completing their respective non-conference slates on Friday, as it was announced that the former conference foes have agreed to a two-year series. This won’t be your standard home-and-home series either, as the first game in the deal will be played in Kansas City on December 20, 2014.
While that will surely be a pro-Kansas State environment, playing at the Sprint Center isn’t the same as attempting to leave the “Octagon of Doom” in Manhattan with a victory. The return game will be played in College Station in December 2015.
Kansas State reached the NCAA tournament in Bruce Weber’s first season at the helm, falling to eventually national finalist Kentucky in the round of 64. Kansas State lost two key contributors in guards Shane Southwell and Will Spradling, but they return some solid pieces led by dynamic guard Marcus Foster. Add in a Top 100 prospect in forward Malek Harris, and Kansas State should be in contention for a return to the NCAA tournament.
As for Texas A&M the 2014-15 season shapes up as an important one for Billy Kennedy, who has just one postseason appearance to his credit in three seasons at the helm (2014 CBI). Guards Alex Caruso and Jordan Green return, and the addition of highly regarded freshman point guard Alex Robinson will be critical for the Aggies.
Games like this one, and an appearance in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (which includes national champion UConn), have the potential to help Texas A&M as they look to make a move up the pecking order in the SEC.
“They’re an NCAA Tournament team that will have some key guys back and are coached by Bruce Weber, who is one of the better coaches in the country,” Kennedy said of Kansas State in the Texas A&M release. “Playing this game will help prepare us for the rest of our schedule, especially when we begin facing tough SEC competition.”
Dec 24, 2014, 6:30 PM EST
The preseason pick to win Big East Freshman of the Year is averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the 9-2 Pirates.
Dec 24, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
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Dec 24, 2014, 3:07 PM EST
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Dec 24, 2014, 12:26 PM EST
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Dec 24, 2014, 11:16 AM EST
The Huskies have played a tough schedule thus far, and that will benefit them in conference play.
Dec 24, 2014, 1:05 AM EST
One top-10 team went down on Tuesday night.
Dec 24, 2014, 12:41 AM EST
This is a huge win for a young UNLV team.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EST
Wichita State plays George Washington on Christmas night in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
Dec 23, 2014, 9:38 PM EST
This win might make people start to forget about Stanford’s loss to DePaul.
Dec 23, 2014, 8:56 PM EST
Dwayne Polee II collapsed during Monday night’s game against UC Riverside.
Dec 23, 2014, 8:20 PM EST
Charles Barkley gives a strong reason for why he would openly break an NCAA rule.
Dec 23, 2014, 7:15 PM EST
The Diamond Head Classic had several impressive dunks on Monday.
Dec 23, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
The 6-foot-10 center has not played since Jan. 7.
Dec 23, 2014, 4:34 PM EST
The Cal sophomore guard has been out the past six games.
Dec 23, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
Why Jahlil Okafor is so dangerous in the post, Ron Baker’s role change and some love for Ty Wallace.
Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
These are sick.
Dec 23, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
What do the Cardinals need to change as we head into the New Year?
Dec 23, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
It will be a decent night of hoops before a three-day break.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
The emergence of Joel Berry a key for UNC this season.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:12 AM EST
The issue is reportedly booster cash during the team’s trip to the Bahamas.
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