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Report: Butler Will Host Kansas State in the Annual Big East-Big 12 Battle in 2020

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the Butler Bulldogs will square off against the Kansas State Wildcats at Hinkle Fieldhouse in this year’s Big East-Big 12 battle:

Kansas State finished just 11-21 overall (3-15 Big 12) this past season, as their head coach Bruce Weber looks to right the ship in 2020–after a year removed from three straight NCAA tournament appearances.

KenPom ranked them as the 90th best basketball team in 2019-20.

Their leading scorer Xavier Sneed (14.2 ppg) is graduating, while Cartier Diarra (13.3 ppg) will either enter the NBA Draft or transfer for his senior season.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats have lost six players to the transfer portal this cycle–as Weber searches for program stability yet again.

Weber does have local Lawrence Central High School product Nijel Pack (4-star recruit) incoming as a freshman point guard in a talented recruiting class that ranks the 23rd best nationally for 2020. Pack was also a Butler recruiting target at one point in time.

The last time these two programs faced one another was in the 2009-2010 Elite Eight–when Butler beat Kansas State 63-56 to advanced to its first Final Four in school history.

That Wildcat squad was led by First-Team All-Big 12 guard Jacob Pullen and another All-Big 12 guard Denis Clemente in their starting backcourt.

Next season’s Kansas State team doesn’t project to be nearly as stout, but it still makes for an interesting matchup against Butler.

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