Bramlage Coliseum — Manhattan, Kan.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 — 11 AM CST
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BracketCat: Kansas State 78, Missouri 75
GAMER: Kansas State 83, Missouri 77
Pomeroy: Kansas State 76, Missouri 74
Sagarin: Kansas State 75, Missouri 74
From the K-State Sports Information Department:
Kansas State (19-9, 7-6 Big 12) begins a stretch of consecutive games against ranked foes with a rare Saturday morning game, when the Wildcats will play host to a red-hot Missouri (22-6, 8-5) squad at Bramlage Coliseum at 11 a.m. CT.
K-State will make a quick turnaround with a Monday night contest at No. 5 Texas before a national audience on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT.
Both teams enter Saturday’s contest riding multiple-game winning streaks, including victories in five of their last six games, with the Wildcats the winners of three consecutive and the Tigers on a four-game streak.
The squads also are battling for one of the league’s four first-round byes at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, with Missouri sitting a game ahead of K-State for the fourth and final spot, and just three conference games remaining.
Texas and Kansas (26-2, 11-2) already have claimed two of the byes, with Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4) closing in on the third one.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and(analyst) on the call.
It also will be available on Internet at ESPN3.com.
Fans can listen to the "Voice of the Wildcats," Wyatt Thompson, and analyst Stan Weber throughout the 33-station K-State Sports Network, as well as free of charge online at www.k-statesports.com.
Saturday’s contest continues a difficult stretch for Kansas State to wrap up the regular season, as the squad follows Saturday’s big tilt with a road game against league-leading No. 5 Texas (24-4, 11-1) on Monday night at Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
The squad will conclude the regular season with a home game against Iowa State (14-14, 1-12) on March 5.
The squad has won 13 of its last 14 games in February, which included a 10-game winning streak between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
The team is 21-8 (.724) under head coach Frank Martin in the month, including a 13-2 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have won eight in a row at home in February.
The game will mark the 233th meeting between K-State and Missouri, including the 105th in Manhattan, in a rivarly that dates back to 1907.
The series spans five different league affiliations — Missouri Valley, Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12.
It is the second-most played series in school history, trailing the 272 meetings with archrival Kansas.
The schools disagree on the all-time series results, with the Wildcats claiming a 116-116 tie, while the Tigers say they lead the series 117-115.
There is a dispute on the outcome of the Feb. 12, 1913, game in Manhattan, with K-State claiming a 26-25 victory and Missouri saying it won 25-24.
The Wildcats are 61-43 against the Tigers at home, including a 14-8 mark at Bramlage Coliseum.
The team has won six in a row at home in the series, dating back to 2005, while Missouri won the three previous meetings at Manhattan from 2002 to 2004.
The six-game winning streak is the longest in the series since K-State won 10 in a row from 1966-75.
The squads have split the last six meetings, with each team holding serve on its home court.
The Tigers won the first meeting Jan. 17 with a 75-59 victory at Mizzou Arena.
The squad converted 24 Wildcat turnovers into 28 points, the most against a Frank Martin team.
Missouri shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range, while K-State connected on 42.6 percent, including just 18.8 percent from 3-point range.