Kansas State’s nonconference basketball schdule for the 2013-14 season will be highlighted by eight home games, a trip to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and a neutral-court game against Gonzaga at Intrust Bank Arena.
The Wildcats announced their finalized nonconference slate on Wednesday. The only games that hadn’t previously been announced will be played at Bramlage Coliseum against nondescript opponents. In addition to marquee home game against Mississippi in the new Big 12/SEC challenge, the Wildcats will face Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, Long Beach State, South Dakota, Central Arkansas, Troy and George Washington in Manhattan. Their season will start Nov. 8 against Northern Colorado.
K-State will join Florida State, Georgetown, Michigan and VCU on Nov. 21 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and take on Gonzaga on Dec. 21 at Intrust Bank Arena. It will also face Tulane in a nuetral-court game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 28.
“We think that we have built a strong non-conference schedule in 2013-14,” said K-State coach Bruce Weber in a statement. “It is always our goal to challenge our team in the preseason to adequately prepare them for what should be another outstanding year in the Big 12.”
The Wildcats announced the signing of 6-foot-7 forward Hagop “Jack” Karapetyan on Wednesday. The California native, of Armenian descent, will be the seventh new player for K-State next season and the fifth freshman. He will occupy K-State’s final open scholarship.
“We are excited to welcome Jack to our program,” Weber said. “We felt that we needed some depth in our frontline and he was a player who first caught our attention last fall. We kept our eyes on him throughout the year and he continued to improve. He flew under the radar from a recruiting standpoint because he went to a small private school in Los Angeles and didn’t play AAU ball until this past spring. However, we really like his potential, as he has a terrific motor and is very active.”