'CATS TO PLAY IN PUERTO RICO

Kansas State was one of seven teams selected to participate in the third annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off in an announcement by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. and event organizers on Tuesday.

The event, which annual pits the best in men's college basketball, will take place on Nov. 19-22 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan. The star-studded field includes UAB (22-12), Dayton (27-8), George Mason (22-11), Georgia Tech (12-19), Indiana (6-25) and 2009 Final Four participant Villanova (30-7). The eighth team will be announced at a later date.

Five of the seven teams in the tournament reached the postseason and recorded 20-win seasons in 2008-09. Villanova and Dayton played in the NCAA Tournament, with the Flyers advancing to the second round. The Wildcats, who are in the Final Four for the first time since 1985, will face North Carolina in the national semifinals on Saturday, April 4 in Detroit. Like Kansas State, UAB and George Mason played in the National Invitational Tournament.

The bracket-format tournament will feature 12 games in three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 22.

It will be a homecoming for two Wildcat players, as rising seniors Denis Clemente (Bayamon) and Luis Colon (Carolina) are both natives of Puerto Rico.


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