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K-State Finishes No. 24 in ESPN Coaches' Poll

Kansas State finished among the nation's elite for the second consecutive season — the Wildcats placed 24th in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches' top 25 poll released Tuesday. The team had not concluded ranked in the poll in back-to-back seasons since finishing No. 16 in 1971-72 and No. 7 in 1972-73. The 95 wins under Frank Martin are the most for a head coach in his first four seasons and the most ever in a four-year span in school history. The three NCAA Tournament appearances in a four-year span are the most since the squad went to four consecutive tournaments from 1986 to 1990.

Capel fired by Oklahoma

Oklahoma fired coach Jeff Capel on Monday after he followed a trip to the NCAA Tournament's regional finals with the program's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1967. Capel was 96-69 in five seasons in charge of the Sooners, but just 17-36 the past two after Blake Griffin entered the NBA draft early and became the No. 1 overall pick.

Start Times and Ticket Info for NCAA Match-up Announced

Kansas State’s NCAA second-round match-up with Utah State will tip at approximately 8:57 p.m. CST Thursday night from the McKale Center and be televised nationally on TruTV, as the NCAA and University of Arizona announced start times and broadcast information for the NCAA second and third rounds in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats and Aggies will tip 30 minutes after the Wisconsin-Belmont game, set to begin at 6:27 p.m. CST Thursday. The winners of those two games then will square off with one another on Saturday at a time to be determined. The Turner/CBS broadcast team for the NCAA second and third eounds in Tucson will be Kevin Harlan, former NBA star Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Sam Ryan.

Pullen's 27 Help K-State to Big Road Win at Nebraska

Jacob Pullen scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half and Kansas State held off Nebraska’s late comeback bid to win 61-57 Wednesday night. The Wildcats (19-9, 7-6) won for the fifth time in six games and took sole possession of fifth place in the Big 12. Nebraska (18-9, 6-7), coming off its weekend upset of No. 5 Texas, lost for the first time in four games and had a dent put in its NCAA Tournament hopes.

"K-State Confidential" To Debut July 12

"K-State Confidential," an hour-long documentary chronicling the Wildcats' run in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, will debut Monday, July 12, at 8 p.m. CST on the CBS College Sports Network. The documentary features exclusive, behind-the-scenes access with the players and coaches — on and off the court — during their historic run to the Elite Eight with wins over North Texas, BYU and Xavier.

Pullen To Return For Senior Season

Junior guard Jacob Pullen will return for his senior season in 2010-11 after exploring his professional opportunities, head coach Frank Martin announced Sunday night. Pullen had until Sunday to decide whether he would enter the 2010 NBA Draft as an underclassman. With his return in the 2010-11 season, as well as those of fellow rising senior starters, Curtis Kelly and Dominique Sutton, K-State once again should challenge for the Big 12 title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In all, the Wildcats will return 10 lettermen, including Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Jamar Samuels, while they will welcome four newcomers (Freddy Asprilla, Juevol Myles, Shane Southwell and Will Spradling).

Game Time Set for K-State/BYU

No. 7 Kansas State (27-7) will play No. 17 BYU (30-5) in the second game of the NCAA West Regional second round at approximately 7:10 p.m. Saturday night at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. The contest will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game between No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 9 Northern Iowa, which is set for 4:40 p.m.

Kitchen: What would it take for K-State to get a No. 1 seed?

Talk like this is probably a perfect lead-in to a home loss against Nebraska, but Kitchen makes a valid point that K-State should get a No. 1 seed if it wins out. Oh yeah, there's that little matter of a trip to Lawrence and a visit from Missouri included in that scenario, too.

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