From the Kansas State sports information department:
Fans will get their first glimpse of the Wildcat basketball teams on Friday, Oct. 17, as the athletics department will host the third annual “Madness in Manhattan” at Bramlage Coliseum.
The event, which tips-off the start of basketball season, is free and open to the general public. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for an autograph session with the men’s basketball team on the concourse. The actual festivities will kick off at 8:15 p.m. on the Bramlage Coliseum floor.
Activities will begin with performances by Willie Wildcat, the Classy Cats and a Laser Show prior to the introduction of the men’s and women’s squads. Following comments by both teams, the evening will conclude with a co-ed scrimmage. The women’s basketball team will be available for autographs following the event at 9:30 p.m. on the concourse.
Fans will also have a chance to win prizes and participate in contests as well as pick up team posters and schedule cards at the event. The first 1,500 fans will receive glow-sticks, while free “Madness in Manhattan” T-shirts will be given out throughout the evening. In addition, the winners of the elementary school “K-State Basketball poster” contest will be announced.
The basketball teams kick off their seasons with exhibition contests against Washburn. The women’s squad will host the Lady Blues on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., while the men’s team will host the Ichabods a week later on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.