The Kansas State men's basketball team will have a different destination this November for the 2020 Cayman Islands Classic.
Tournament officials announced Wednesday that the three-day event, scheduled for Nov. 23-25, has been moved to Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla., because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
K-State is one of eight schools in the tournament field, which also includes La Salle, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa, Ole Miss, Oregon State and Western Kentucky. The bracket matchups and game times have not yet been announced.
Joe Wright, CEO for Caymax Sports, said that the Cayman Islands government's phased re-opening of its borders involves a five-day self-quarantine for visitors, which precludes the tournament from taking place there.
This will be K-State’s first appearance in the Cayman Island Classic.
Lynch named to Groza watch list
Kansas State's Blake Lynch was one of 30 kickers nationally named to the Lou Groza Award watch list on Wednesday.
Lynch, a senior from Goddard, also was a preseason candidate for the award last year, when he connected on 19 of 21 field goal attempts (90.5%) to rank eighth nationally in accuracy. He received all-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior.
Lynch enters his senior season with an 89.2% career success rate on field goals (33 of 37) and his 33 field goals rank eighth in K-State history, seven short of cracking the top three.
Earlier this summer, K-State defensive end Wyatt Hubert was named as a candidate for both the Bednarik Award and Bronco Nagurski Trophy.