Wildcats to face Fort Hays

Arne Green

MANHATTAN — When Kansas State's game against Butler in the Big 12/Big East Battle series was postponed, Bruce Weber went looking for a fill-in.

Introducing Fort Hays State, which will visit Bramlage Coliseum at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will be the first regular-season meeting between the schools since 1947, though they have played three exhibitions in the past 10 years, most recently in 2017.

"We need reps (and) we need experience," K-State coach Bruce Weber said after the Wildcats' 68-58 loss to UNLV on Saturday night. "We need to be able to play some of those other guys that didn't have an opportunity early."

The Wildcats originally were to have faced Butler on Friday in Indianapolis, but when that game was postponed, they moved their Monday home game with Milwaukee back to that day. They now fill face Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Friday in Bramlage.

That left the opening for a game earlier in the week, and after striking out in finding a Division I opponent, they went with Division II Fort Hays State.

"We've tried to get a Division I game if something happened, if somebody else shuts down and something pops up (Saturday or Sunday)," Weber said before the Fort Hays State announcement was made. "But if not, we talked to Fort Hays about it the other day."

The loss to UNLV dropped K-State to 1-3. Fort Hays State is 0-3, but have lost their three games against Washburn, Emporia State and Nebraska-Kearney by a total of eight points.

K-State football's Robinson to transfer

Kansas State football cornerback Lance Robinson announced via Twitter on Monday morning that he is transferring and will not return to the Wildcats next season.

"With long talks and consideration with family and friends, I will be entering the NCAA transfer portal and continuing my athletic talents and academic career elsewhere," he tweeted. "I am forever grateful for my time at Kansas St., my time here has made me a better man."

Robinson, a sophomore from New Orleans, played in all 13 games with three starts last year, and was a key player on special teams. But after starting the season opener this season, he appeared in just one more game and totaled five tackles with one pass breakup.


Tipoff: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Bramlage Coliseum (12,528), Manhattan.

Records: Fort Hays St. 0-3, Kansas State 1-3.

TV: ESPN+ (live streaming).

Next up for K-State: Friday, 7 p.m. vs. Milwaukee, Bramlage Coliseum.