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Madness In Manhattan Kicks Off Kansas State's Basketball Season

The No. 1 team in the preseason Big 12 polls will be making its debut on Friday evening.

Jacob Pullen, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, and his Kansas State Wildcats teammates will be one of six teams ESPNU is featuring for the start of the college basketball season.

Madness in Manhattan returns to Bramlage Coliseum for what figures to be a pretty big season in Kansas State basketball history.

Via Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital Journal:

"It's just another opportunity for our university and our product to be put in front of a national audience," KSU assistant coach Matt Figger said. "Just the fact that we are one of six schools ESPN is covering this night is special. It allows kids to get a firsthand look at our program, so it's a great recruiting tool."

This is a night that really is about recruiting and Kansas State has some major advantages going for it right now. You've got Pullen and his preseason Big 12 player of the year status. You've got Kansas State -- and not Kansas -- as the preseason No. 1 team in the Big 12.

There are lots of reasons for these K-State recruits to pick Manhattan:

K-State's list includes Angel Rodriguez, a point guard target from Miami; Willie Cauley, a four-star center now attending Olathe Northwest; and Semi Ojeleye, a top 2013 prospect and the younger brother of current Wildcat Victor Ojeleye.

Big night for Kansas State and it'll be televised for the world to see.