The contest will follow the conclusion of the first game between top-seeded Syracuse (30-4) and fifth-seeded Butler (30-4), which is set for 6:07 p.m. CT.
The second-seeded Wildcats earned their 17th trip to the Sweet 16 and first since 1988 on Saturday night with an 84-72 victory over No. 17/16 BYU at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. The squad opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-62 win over 15-seed North Texas on Thursday afternoon.
This will mark the eighth meeting between K-State and Xavier on the hardwood, including the second this season, with the Musketeers holding a 4-3 edge in the series. The Wildcats ended a three-game losing streak in the series with a 71-56 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 8, 2009. This will be the second meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament with Xavier posting an 87-79 victory in the first round of the 1990 NCAA Midwest Regional at the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis on March 16.