March 12, 2012
This is the 10th postseason appearance for the Wildcats in the last 11 years and the eighth bid into the NCAA Tournament.
With K-State’s at-large berth into the NCAA Women’s Championship, the Wildcats are one of four Big 12 schools and one of 11 nationally to have both basketball teams and its volleyball team in their respective NCAA Tournaments as well as its football team appear in a bowl game this season.
The Wildcats (19-13, 9-9 Big 12) were chosen as a No. 8 seed in the Kingston, R.I., regional and will be opposed by No. 9 seed Princeton (24-4, 14-0 Ivy League) on Saturday, March 17 at 10:20 a.m. (CT) in Bridgeport, Conn., at Webster Bank Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and on ESPN3.com. The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com. K-State leads the all-time series with Princeton, 1-0. The Wildcats defeated the Tigers, 63-51, on Nov. 25, 2000, in Corvallis, Ore.
The winner of the Kansas State-Princeton game will play the winner of the No. 1 Connecticut-No. 16 Prairie View A&M matchup on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. (CT). The top four seeds in the Kingston regional are: No. 1 Connecticut (29-4), No. 2 Kentucky (25-6), No. 3 Miami (Fla.) (25-5) and No. 4 Penn State (24-6).
Tickets for K-State’s first round matchup with Princeton will be available Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS. Tickets are priced at $41 per session. First round tickets will include admission to the Connecticut vs. Prairie View A&M contest. All ticket orders will be distributed at Webster Bank Arena will call beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Should K-State advance to play in the second round, all first round ticket orders will be duplicated for the 7 p.m., game on Monday, March 19.
K-State is 10-12 in its previous 12 NCAA Tournament bids. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Kansas State entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed in the Raleigh region. K-State defeated No. 12 seed Drexel in the first round before falling to No. 4 seed Vanderbilt in the second round.
The Wildcats have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments and two postseason WNITs in the last 11 seasons. K-State captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history and reached the semifinals of the 2007 WNIT. The Wildcats have advanced to the second round in six of the last seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 effort during the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Under head coach Deb Patterson, K-State has now reached the NCAA Tournament nine times and registered a 7-8 record.