Kansas State men's basketball to hold open practice at 11 a.m. Saturday

Arne Green
Salina Journal
Kansas State guard Nijel Pack (24) works against Texas Tech's Max McClung during last year's game in Lubbock, Texas. Pack and the Wildcats will hold an open practice starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State will unveil its 2021-22 men's basketball team to the public on Saturday morning with an open practice at Bramlage Coliseum.

The practice will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., prior to the Wildcats' home football game against Oklahoma. Fans should go to the Northwest or Northeast entrances, where doors to sections 4-5-6 on the west side and sections 18-19-20 on the east side will open at 11. Admission is free.

There will be a limited number of roster cards, plus schedule posters available on the Bramlage concourse.

K-State, which will hold its first official team practice Thursday, returns four of the top five scorers from last year's team that went 9-20 overall and 4-14 in the Big 12. Returning starters include super-senior guard Mike McGuirl and sophomores Nijel Pack, Davion Bradford and Selton Miguel.

Pack led the team in scoring with 12.7 points per game and assists with 3.8, while McGuirl was second in both categories with 11.8 points and 3.6 assists. The 7-foot Bradford averaged 7.7 points and is the top returning rebounder at 4.3, while Miguel (7.2 ppg) emerged late in the season as the Wildcats' defensive stopper.

K-State also added three Division I transfers: guard Mark Smith from Missouri, point guard Marquis Nowell from Little Rock and forward Ismael Massoud from Wake Forest.

Ole Miss game time set

Kansas State's Big 12/SEC Challenge game at Ole Miss on Saturday, Jan. 29, will tip off at 3 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU, the two leagues announced Wednesday.

All 10 games in the ninth annual challenge series will be played on the same day.

The Big 12 is 44-35 all time in the series and holds a 4-2-2 advantage with victories in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The two conferences tied in 2017 and 2020.