Kansas State likely returning to Kansas City’s Sprint Center next season for nonconference basketball game against Texas A&M

Rodney McGruder, Jordan Green
Kansas State will likely return to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for a nonconference basketball game against Texas A&M next season.

Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy told Texas radio station KZNE late Tuesday night that the Aggies have agreed to the game, according to AggieSports.com.

On Wednesday morning, K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber said the Wildcats and Aggies have discussed a neutral-court series, before adding: “Nothing has been confirmed yet.”

Senior associate athletics director Casey Scott said K-State has “initiated a contract for a game in Kansas City.” But the deal has not been finalized.

One possible holdup on the series could be where to play the return game, though Houston’s Toyota Center could be a possibility. Texas A&M played Oklahoma there last season.

K-State played a regular season game at Sprint Center for six straight seasons from 2007-2012, beating Florida, Alabama, IUPUI, Southern Mississippi and Florida A&M. Its lone loss was against UNLV. All six games were played in December.

The Wildcats opted out of a Sprint Center game last year, choosing to play Gonzaga at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena. After that game, Weber said he wanted to schedule a nonconference game at Sprint Center every year and at Intrust Bank Arena every other year.

“That is our mindset,” Weber said then. “We would have done Kansas City this year, but I thought our schedule was hard enough.”

K-State officials have previously said the Wildcats will also return to Sprint Center for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the 2015-16 season.

A game against Texas A&M at Sprint Center will add another intriguing opponent to K-State’s 2014-15 schedule. The Aggies went 18-16 last year with an 8-10 mark in the SEC. They played in the CBI, losing in the second round at Illinois State.

It will also renew an old Big 12 rivalry. K-State leads the series 17-7.

Other known games on K-State’s schedule include a road trip to Long Beach State, a home game against Georgia and the Maui Invitational. Arizona, BYU, Missouri, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Purdue and Chaminade will join K-State in that tournament.

The Wildcats will also play a road game in the Big 12/SEC challenge.

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