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Big 12 Basketball Schedule Analysis 2019-20: Kansas State Wildcats

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Leading up to Big 12 media days in Kansas City Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 men’s basketball schedules. Today it’s the Kansas State Wildcats. 

Season opener: The Wildcats host North Dakota State on Nov. 5. 

Tournaments: The Wildcats have one tournament and two classics. The tournament is in Fort Myers, Fla., and takes place on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Pitt and either Bradley or Northwestern in the Fort Myers Tipoff. The Classics include the Never Forget Tribute in Newark, N.J., where K-State will face Mississippi State, and the Wildcat Classic in Kansas City, where the Wildcats face St. Louis on Dec. 21.

The Big 12/Big East Game: K-State drew a home game with Marquette on Dec. 7.

The Big 12/SEC Game: K-State heads to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama on Jan. 25. 

The Big Non-Con: Pitt should be an interesting matchup. Head coach Jeff Capel is starting to rebuild that program in an image that is familiar to fans up in the Steel City. Yes, the Panthers only went 14-19 a year ago, but they’re in a position where they could give K-State a real test.

Mid-Major Danger: The opener with North Dakota State presents a challenge. The Bison went 19-16 last year, but they won the Summit Conference Tournament, won their NCAA Tournament First Four game and eventually lost to Duke in the next round. The Bison are not to be taken lightly.  

Big 12 Opener: Kansas State opens the season on Jan. 4 in Norman against Oklahoma.  

The ‘Big’ Big 12 stretch: That six-game stretch to end the season has the potential to be brutal. Road games with Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State, along with home games against Texas, Kansas and Iowa State. It could be difference between the Wildcats playing on Day 1 or Day 2 of the Big 12 Tournament.  

 

2019-20 Kansas State Schedule 

(Home games in Bold; *-Big 12 game)

Nov. 5    North Dakota State

Nov. 9    at UNLV

Nov. 13    Monmouth (NJ)

Nov. 19    Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Fort Myers Tipoff (Fort Myers, FL)

Nov. 25    vs. Pittsburgh

Nov. 27    vs. Bradley/Northwestern

Dec. 2    Florida A&M

Big 12-Big East Challenge

Dec. 7    Marquette

Dec. 11    Alabama State

Never Forget Tribute Classic (Newark, NJ)

Dec. 14    vs. Mississippi State

Wildcat Classic (Kansas City, MO)

Dec. 21    vs. Saint Louis

Dec. 29    Tulsa

Jan. 4    at Oklahoma*

Jan. 7    TCU*

Jan. 11    at Texas*

Jan. 14    Texas Tech*

Jan. 18    West Virginia*

Jan. 21    at Kansas*

Big 12-SEC Challenge

Jan. 25    at Alabama

Jan. 29    Oklahoma*

Feb. 1    at West Virginia*

Feb. 3    Baylor*

Feb. 8    Iowa State*

Feb. 11    Oklahoma State*

Feb. 15    at TCU*

Feb. 19    at Texas Tech*

Feb. 22    Texas*

Feb. 25    at Baylor*

Feb. 29    Kansas*

Mar. 4    at Oklahoma State*

Mar. 7    Iowa State*

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