MANHATTAN — The Kansas State men's basketball team has learned it will face Gonzaga in the championship round of the CBE Classic next season. The game will tip at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.
The Wildcats will be host to two regional-round games at Bramlage Coliseum before heading to Kansas City to take on the Bulldogs in the Sprint Center. Defending national champion Duke and Marquette will face off in the other championship-round game with the two winners meeting in the finals and the two losers in the consolation.
Gonzaga went 27-7 last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
"I've said before this is the toughest nonconference schedule we have played since we came to K-State," K-State coach Frank Martin said in a statement. "Gonzaga has established itself as one of the elite programs in the country. They return four starters from a team that won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive season. This will be yet another challenge and opportunity for our ball club."
CBE organizers also announced Thursday that the regional round matchup between K-State and James Madison on Nov. 12 will tip at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. The time for the other regional round game between the Wildcats and Presbyterian on Nov. 18 is still to be determined.
The CBE Classic games give K-State 14 national television opportunities in 2010-11.
Samuels, Russell head to Europe with all-star team — Jamar Samuels and Nick Russell will spend the next 10 days in Europe, touring France and Switzerland with the East Coast All-Stars.
While there, the two Kansas State basketball players will participate in five games against various European squads.
Samuels is a junior forward who won Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year honors with the Wildcats last season. Russell is a sophomore guard who is expected to take on a larger role in K-State's backcourt this year.
The duo, along with eight other collegiate players, will begin its tour today in Geneva, Switzerland, and finish on Aug. 15 in Paris.
Jacob Pullen and former swingman Dominique Sutton went undefeated during a similar tour through Austria and the Czech Republic with the team last summer.