Wildcats v Jayhawks set for First Round Play

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State (15-12, 6-10 Big 12) has clinched the nine-seed at next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and will play eight-seed Texas Tech (14-16, 6-10 Big 12) in the first game on Thursday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional (Kansas City – KMCI; Wichita – KSAS; Topeka – WIBW) and nationally on ESPNU on Thursday morning with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (analyst) calling the action. Fans can listen to the game on the K-State Sports Network beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber behind the mikes.

Kansas State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 10-9. The Red Raiders have won four of the last five meetings with the Wildcats, including a 70-56 victory on Feb. 15 in Lubbock, Texas. The squads have met just once before in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, as the five-seed Texas Tech earned a 73-57 win over the 12-seed K-State in the first Big 12 Championship in 1997.

Kansas State is 26-27 all-time at the conference tournament dating back to the first Big Eight Tournament in 1977, including a 6-9 mark at the Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats have been the nine-seed just once before at the conference tournament, losing 78-64 to Iowa State in the last visit to the American Airlines Center in 2004. The team has won a first-round game in five of the previous nine Big 12 Championships, including three of five under head coach Jim Wooldridge. Last season, 10-seed K-State posted a 68-62 upset over seven-seed Texas A&M at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

The team will practice from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at American Airlines Center, which is open to the general public and media. The press conference will follow from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The winner of Thursday's first round match-up will face the championships' top-seed (either Kansas or Texas) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and nationally on ESPN2 with Fred White (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (analyst) calling the action.

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