K-State basketball players ready to hit the court for new season

K-State Alumni Communications and K-State Athletics Communications 

The Kansas State University men's basketball team practices in preparation for the 2015-16 season. (Photo: K-State Athletics)

It’s “game on” for Wildcat basketball players, as a new season starts for the Kansas State University men’s and women’s basketball teams. The men kicked off their new season with an exhibition game Oct. 30 versus Emporia State, while the women faced Washburn on Nov. 2. 

Although the Wildcats may face some tough opponents both at Bramlage Coliseum and on the road this season, the players are ready to bring their best to the basketball court. 

“I think I say this every year, but the schedule will again be very challenging,” said men’s head coach Bruce Weber. “There are five Big 12 teams in most of the early preseason polls, including three in the Top 10, so the league should once again be one of the best, if not the best, in the country. I think this year more than ever, it doesn’t matter what team you play on a given day, you better be ready to play at a high level every day to be successful.”

The men’s roster includes six returning lettermen and 10 newcomers. They’re coming off their first non-winning season in more than a decade and will officially tip off the 2015-16 season Nov. 13 when they play Maryland-Eastern Shore in the first of two opening round games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

The players said they are ready to compete, and they hope to start and end the season strong.

“I’m excited for the upcoming season,” said forward Wesley Iwundu. “It’s definitely a different feeling with all the new faces, but I am looking forward to getting out there and playing with them. We’re going to be the underdogs this season, which makes us strive to work hard and perform. Everyone takes things seriously this year; there is nothing going on off the court, everything is more mature, and guys are ready to go.”

Under head coach Jeff Mittie in his first year with the Wildcats in 2014-15, the women’s team finished with a 19-14 overall record and the fifth Postseason WNIT appearance in program history and the 18th overall postseason bid. The eight-win improvement from the 2013-14 season is the third largest win improvement from one season to the next in program history. For the 2015-16 season, K-State returns eight letter winners from the 2014-15 squad.

“We want to win a Big 12 Championship, that’s our biggest goal,” said forward Lanie Page. “We want to have fun, but we want to do big things too because we have all the pieces to do that this year. We have a pretty good team.”

Stay up to date on K-State basketball throughout the season with the K-State Alumni Association’s annual Ultimate Basketball Guide, featuring information on gameday gear, purchasing tickets and more. 

 K-State honors Ice family with naming of Basketball Training Facility


The Kansas State University Basketball Training Facility will permanently be named the Ice Family Basketball Center, honoring the contributions of the Carl ‘79 and Mary ’80, ‘88 Ice family. (Photo: K-State Athletics)
As the new basketball season starts, K-State Athletics also is celebrating the contributions of the Carl ‘79 and Mary ’80, ‘88 Ice family to the K-State Basketball Program. The Basketball Training Facility will permanently be named the Ice Family Basketball Center, following a recommendation from President Kirk Schulz and approval from the Kansas Board of Regents. The $18 million facility and home of K-State men’s and women’s basketball opened in October 2012 and has been recognized nationally for its innovative design.

 “We are honored and humbled to have our family recognized in this manner,” Carl and Mary Ice said. “Kansas State University has meant so much to our family and afforded us so many opportunities. The university and athletics department are in great hands thanks to the leadership of President Schulz, Athletics Director John Currie and all of our terrific coaches, and we look forward to being a part of many great years ahead.”
 

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