K-State basketball to play in Las Vegas Invitational

The Kansas State basketball team will participate in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational in the 2017-18 season, starting with two home games then on to Vegas for two games.

The games in Las Vegas are Nov. 23-24 where Xavier, Arizona State and George Washington will join the Wildcats.

K-State’s games in Bramlage Coliseum will be against two of four possible opponents: UC Irvine, Hampton, Rider and Northern Arizona.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing in a quality nonconference tournament like the Las Vegas Invitational,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “It is always our intent to challenge our team in the preseason with quality opponents and this tournament should again accomplish that goal. Xavier will be a preseason top 25 team while Arizona State and George Washington both return a strong nucleus from last season.”

The pairings will be announced later this summer.

This will be the Wildcats’ second appearance in the Las Vegas Invitational, going 0-2 in 2008 with losses to Kentucky and Iowa.

K-State — 21-14 this past season with a trip to the NCAA Tournament — hasn’t released its 2017-18 schedule but will face Washington State in Spokane and Tulsa in Wichita plus a game in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

“The feedback I got is one of the reasons we got in the (NCAA) tournament is because we played road games,” Weber said earlier this month. “The road games helped prepare us for the league. We anticipate a home game for the SEC challenge but we’re not promised that because they’re starting a new four-year cycle. We’ll know more about that in May at the Big 12 meetings.

“We’re looking for one more road game and we’re close to finalizing a good Power Five road game.”

Contact Ken Corbitt at (785) 295-1123 or @KenCorbitt on Twitter.

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