Ernie Kent's strategy of scheduling mostly body bag teams in the non-conference schedule took a bit of a detour today. The school announced they've scheduled a "home-and-home" series with the Kansas State Wildcats. The two-year series starts this year on Dec. 10th in Kansas City and KSU makes the return trip on Dec. 20, 2017 when the teams face off at Spokane Arena. We'll call it a "home-and-home" because that's kind of what it is even though neither game will actually occur in either team's home arena.
"We're excited about the two-year series with Kansas State because it gives us a great opportunity to play a well-coached, high-caliber team early in the season," head coach Ernie Kent said in a release. "Coming off the Paradise Jam in late November and playing K-State at Kansas City in December will be a great test and will help us see where we're at as we prepare for Pac-12 play."
Kansas State finished last season 17-16, doing well in their non-conference schedule before the slog of an excellent Big 12 got to them as they went 5-13 in conference play. The teams have actually met in their recent history, with KSU taking both games of a two game series in 2009 and 2010.
The only other non-conference opponent we know WSU will be playing (besides Not Gonzaga) is Creighton, who the Cougs will face in the Paradise Jam the week before Thanksgiving. Idaho should also be on the schedule but beyond that, expect more teams that Ernie Kent and his staff think would be relatively easy to beat while they can get a good evaluation of their squad.