K-State might not be the sexiest name in the Big 12, but what a nice little test for the Cougs right out of the gate in Ken Bone's first season.
The Wildcats were an NCAA Tournament team in 2007-08 behind Michael Beasley, but recovered from the losses of Beasley and Bill Walker to make it to the second round of the NIT this year, posting 22 wins in the process. (They did finish below the Cougs in Pomeroy Rating, though -- 44th -- and I'm sure the Cougs could have made it out of the first round had they played KSU's first-round opponent.)
What makes this a tough test early in the year is that the Wildcats return every player but one, and add this guy to the mix:
Never hurts to have a McDonald's All-American joining an already talented squad, huh? He and DeAngelo Casto ought to have some fun mixing it up.
KSU likely will be a team ranked at the fringes of the Top 25 heading into the season. They'll make a return trip to Pullman in December 2010.