MANHATTAN — Kansas State added Florida on Tuesday as a non-conference basketball opponent for next season and 2012-13.
The second game is scheduled to be played at a neutral site closer to Manhattan, which could mean Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena. K-State athletic director John Currie has said he would like to play a basketball game in Wichita.
Another option is Kansas City's Sprint Center, where K-State traditionally plays one nonconference game each season.
The Wildcats will meet the Gators on Dec. 18 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., as part of the annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic. The Classic will feature a doubleheader format with Miami and Central Florida playing in the opening game.
Florida went 21-13 last year, and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 under coach Billy Donovan.
"This is a great opportunity to play a game against one of the elite basketball programs in the country, coached by one of the best coaches" said K-State coach Frank Martin, who grew up in Miami. "This also gives us a chance to expose our program to an area in Florida where we have done a lot of recruiting and will continue to do so in the future.
"Selfishly, this is going to be exciting for me to take the basketball program that we have built over the last four years at K-State and show it to all my family, friends and colleagues in South Florida."