NCAA Tournament — Sweet Sixteen
EnergySolutions Arena — Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, March 25 — approx. 8:37 PM CST
CBS Sports | March Madness On Demand
I'll skip the intro in order to avoid offending any over-reactive Xavier fans, since I seem to have a knack for unintentionally riling up the opponent. If you really want to read a writeup, though, I analyzed the game in today's BRACKET BLOG.
To remind yourself of what happened last time, click here. For K-State's game notes, follow the jump.
From the K-State Sports Information Department:
Kansas State (28-7, 11-5 Big 12), the No. 2 seed in the West Region, advances to its first Sweet Sixteen in more than 20 years today, when the Wildcats face No. 6 seed Xavier (26-8, 14-2 Atlantic 10) in the second game of a doubleheader at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City at 8:37 p.m.
It will mark the team's 17th appearance in the regional semifinal, including the first since the 1987-88 squad advanced to the Elite Eight.
The Wildcats will face a familiar foe in the No. 25 Musketeers, whom they defeated 71-56 in a non-conference game at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 8, 2009.
This will mark the eighth time in school history that the squad has met a team in the NCAA Tournament that it also faced during the regular season and the first time since losing both match-ups to Minnesota during the 1988-89 season.
Overall, the team is 3-4 all-time in the rematches in the NCAA Tournament, while twice (Texas in 1971-72 and Arkansas in 1979-80) they have swept both meetings.
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two schools, with Xavier holding a slight 4-3 edge in a series that dates back to 1961.
This will be the second meeting in the NCAA Tournament and the first since the Musketeers earned an 87-79 win in the first round of the 1990 Midwest Region at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
The winner of tonight's game will get either No. 1 seed Syracuse (30-5) or No. 5 seed Butler (30-5) on Saturday in the West Region championship game, for the right to advance to the Final Four.
All the games in Salt Lake City will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) on the call.
K-State is making its 31st postseason appearance, which includes 24 in the NCAA Tournament and seven in the National Invitational Tournament.
It marks the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Wildcats and the second in the last three seasons in the NCAA Tournament.
The four straight postseason trips are the most since the school advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season from 1987 to 1990.
The program has posted a 30-27 (.509) all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, including an 11-5 mark in regional semifinal games.
The Wildcats earned their 17th trip to the Sweet Sixteen in their fifth appearance in the West Region (and first since 1987) with wins over No. 15 seed North Texas (82-62) and No. 7 BYU (84-72) at the Oklahoma City pod, held at Ford Center.
The No. 2 seed is the highest for K-State since seeding began in 1979, surpassing the previous high of a No. 4 seed in 1988.
It marks just the sixth time that that Wildcats have earned a seeding of eighth or better in the Big Dance.
In the 23 previous NCAA Tournaments, the squad advanced to the Sweet Sixteen a total of 16 times, reached 11 Elite Eights, made four Final Four appearances and played in one NCAA title game.