Kansas State basketball coaches have said that the Big 12′s new 18-game, round-robin format will prevent the Wildcats from playing the type of difficult nonconference schedule they played this season in future years.
To go up against Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Duke, Washington State, Florida and UNLV on top of a harder-than-usual conference slate is viewed as too much.
But with K-State working on a series of neutral-court games with West Virginia (one of which will be played in Wichita next season, according to Bob Huggins), it appears as though the Wildcats will continue challenging themselves with early-season tests.
Here is a rundown of known games K-State has set or is working on:
Games already set: Vs. Alabama in Kansas City next season, vs. Florida in Kansas City in 2012, at Virginia Tech in TBD, vs. Loyola-Chicago at Bramlage Coliseum in TBD.
Games being discussed: Vs. Syracuse in Kansas City with a return game at Madison Square Garden, vs. West Virginia in Wichita with a return game TBD, vs. UNLV at home or neutral sites, vs. Nebraska at home or neutral sites.