Daily Archives: March 16, 2013

Kansas State eyes return to Sprint Center next week and next season

The Sprint Center has been good to Kansas State this season.

K-State moved into the top 25 for the first time after beating Florida in Kansas City. Then it thumped Texas and Oklahoma State to advance to tonight’s championship game of the Big 12 Tournament. Now it is hoping to start the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, too.

If all goes according to plan, the Wildcats will also be back at the Sprint Center next season for a nonconference game.

They are still working on a date and an opponent, but K-State athletic director John Currie said Saturday morning that the Wildcats intend on continuing their annual nonconference trip to Sprint Center for a neutral-court game next season. K-State has played an early game at Sprint Center for six straight seasons.
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It’s a good day for a championship game

The temperature has finally dropped below 70 degrees in Kansas City. The wind is blowing. We’ve got overcast skies. It’s the perfect day to head inside and watch Kansas State take on Kansas in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament.

The Wildcats beat Oklahoma State 68-57 last night in the semifinals to advance to its first tournament final since 2010. The seniors on the roster played in that game, and still bring up the disappointment of losing. They will get the chance to come full circle tonight against Kansas, the team K-State split the regular season Big 12 crown with, at 5 p.m.

K-State’s younger players want to send them out with another trophy.

“That’s what we came here for,” said sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez. “What more could you ask for. It’s also great because of who we are going to play. It’s a great opportunity for both teams. We are both going to go out and play for it. Even though we both deserve the title, somehow, we want to prove we are the best team in the Big 12.”

“This is their last go-around,” added junior guard Shane Southwell. “I want to see Martavious Irving dancing at mid-court if we win.”
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