Kansas State football prepared for 3 or 4 nonconference games in 2012

The Kansas State football team is tentatively set to play North Texas, Missouri State and Miami at Snyder Family Stadium during nonconference play next season.

But, depending on when West Virginia joins the Big 12 and if Missouri finalizes its expected move to the SEC in time to join that conference next season, the Wildcats may also play a road game against Central Florida.

K-State athletic director John Currie said he was unsure which scenario will play out. But he is happy with the Wildcats’ upcoming schedule either way.

“We have four nonconference games under contract, because we still have Central Florida under contract,” Currie said. “If we have a 10-team league with nine conference games, then we’ll be playing the three home games we have under contract. If we lose somebody, then we have Central Florida under contract and we’ll go on the road and play them.

“So I’m not really doing anything on scheduling for next year right now.”
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Postgame: K-State 49, N. Texas 41


1. K-State escaped Denton, Texas with a win. Sure, it was ugly at times, and the Wildcats needed 49 points to hold off a bad Sun Belt team, but a win at this time of year is a win. Let’s all remember that. K-State finished the regular season with a winning record at 7-5 and will head to its first bowl game since 2006. Both positives.

2. Welcome back Daniel Thomas. It’s been a while since we’ve seen you run like that. Not since you started the season with a big, 234-yard day against UCLA have you found space and picked up huge chunks of yards. After three straight games of receiving fewer than 20 carries, K-State finally treated you like a workhorse runner again and you delivered. A whopping 269 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries is the reason K-State defeated North Texas.
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Looking ahead to Gameday: at North Texas

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. We start at the end with North Texas.

The opponent isn’t a member of the Big 12 Conference, the game is on the road and it will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Nothing about this matchup is ordinary.

Nonetheless, it is the final game of Kansas State’s football season. So the Wildcats will head to Denton, Texas to play in a game with possible bowl implications on the line in a stadium that seats 30,500.

By then, the Wildcats could be tired of road games. They start the season with four games at Snyder Family Stadium and one in Kansas City, but end with trips to Missouri, Colorado and North Texas.

They could find relief in Denton, though. The Dallas metroplex is one of K-State’s largest alumni bases, and the Mean Green are expected to be one of the worst teams in the nation.
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Postgame: K-State 82, North Texas 62

The first step has been taken.

Normally, against a 15 seed like North Texas that’s not saying a whole lot. That’s a game the favorite should just about always win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But on this Thursday, a win in that scenario was worth bragging about.

Especially when you consider the way Kansas State beat North Texas.

While other high seeds across the country saw their seasons end abruptly at the hands of double-digit seeds, the Wildcats blew out the Mean Green. Everyone played, and the last few minutes at the Ford Center were a party.
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Live Blog: K-State vs. North Texas

Aside from a few shaky moments at the beginning, No. 2 seed Kansas State easily defeated No. 15 seed North Texas 82-62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at the Ford Center.

With the victory, the Wildcats advanced to the field of 32, where they will take on No. 7 seed BYU on Saturday.

Against the Mean Green, K-State was led by Denis Clemente, who scored 17 points. Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen each added 15, while Dominique Sutton chipped in 12.
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Breaking down the West Region

Kansas State will play a maximum of four teams from the West Region in this year’s NCAA Tournament, but there’s no way of predicting (accurately, at least) who three of those four opponents could be.

We already went over North Texas here and here, so that leaves 14 other potential match ups.

Let’s start at the top of the bracket.

No. 1 Syracuse (28-4) First Big East
Much like Kansas State, Syracuse started the season outside of the rankings, and quickly rose up the polls. After winning the regular-season Big East title, the Orange likely would have ended up as the top seed in the East region, but those games are being played on their home court.

Syracuse is led by forward Wes Johnson, who averages more than 16 points and eight rebounds per game. But four of his teammates also average 10 or more points a game. The Orange are one of the most balanced teams in the nation, and they’re strong on defense, too. Jim Boeheim, who has won a national title at Syracuse, runs a legendary zone defense that regularly causes its opponents fits.

The Orange are thinking Final Four or bust.
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A few minutes with … a guy who knows something about North Texas basketball

North Texas sits just off I-35 in Denton, Texas, a location thousands of commuters pass on a daily basis on their way in and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Yet, the Mean Green are not well known. There are seven teams from the state of Texas headed to this year’s NCAA Tournament, and North Texas ranks ahead of only Sam Houston St. in terms or notoriety. And even it received a higher seed than the No. 15 Mean Green.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t play good basketball down in Denton. Quite the contrary. North Texas, which won the Sun Belt’s west division regular-season championship and the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, is currently on an 11-game winning streak.

Only a handful of teams are hotter heading into the NCAA Tournament. For a closer look at how it has found such success, we brought in Brett Vito, who covers North Texas for the Denton Record-Chronicle and Dallas Morning News, and asked him a few questions.
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Thoughts on the finalized football schedule

Next year’s Kansas State football schedule looks different than any the Wildcats have had in a while under coach Bill Snyder.

What does that mean? Plenty.

Let’s start with what’s good about it. First off, K-State will have a bye week next season. The Wildcats went without a week off last year, and that was not to Snyder’s liking. This time it comes in Week 5, right before a nationally televised Thursday home game with Nebraska.
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