K-State Slate: 2.20.14

Gipson led the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds - Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

All the news that's fit to link, and then some.

The K-State men and women both played TCU last night, two very different results.

Men's Basketball

Plenty of reaction to K-State having a too-close-for-comfort win over TCU, even if the final score does not reflect just how close the game was. That win was the fourteenth straight at home for the Cats, tying a Bramlage record.

Kellis Robinett notes in The Star it was unusually quiet at the Octagon (announced crowd: 11,969), leading to a deflated and error-filled performance from the Cats. He also comments on the continued absence of Shane Southwell.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram likens TCU's struggles to a broken record.

The Dallas Morning News provides rapid reaction (via their live blog).

K-State's superior rebounding was the difference in the game, according to Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal.

It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. That's almost the entirety of the reaction from Joel Jellison at the Mercury.

Women's Basketball

K-State actually managed an early lead before getting trucked by TCU and losing by twenty points, 64-44. Only Breanna Lewis had double figures for the Wildcats.

The official story from TCU notes this was head coach Jeff Mittie's 300th win, and TCU's Natalie Ventress reached 1000 points.

Golf

The K-State men's golf team is off to Palm Desert, California for the 2014 Wyoming Desert Collegiate, February 21-23.

Meanwhile, the women's team is headed to Arizona for the Westbrook Invitational, February 23-24.

Miscellany

This weekend is the 58th Annual K-State Rodeo at Weber Arena.

K-State's Chad Weiberg was voted Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.

K-State got to show off the K-State 2025 Campaign at the statehouse (video clip from WIBW).

Lastly, a word from Jon: The 1958-59 Wildcat basketball team, coached by Tex Winter and led by Bob Boozer, was arguably the greatest in K-State history. They didn't make the final four, but that's only because they lost in the sweet sixteen to Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Bearcats. That year's team went 24-2, ran the table in the first year of the Big Eight (Oklahoma State had just joined), and finished the regular season ranked #1 in the nation. We wrote about that season two years ago (and have resuscitated that post for giggles), and now there's a group attempting to convince the school to honor that 1958-59 team, as a whole, in the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. Promoting an online petition isn't something we're nornally inclined to do, but in this case we'll make an exception. That year's squad gets overlooked sometimes because they didn't bring home an NCAA banner to hang in the rafters; this is the sort of recognition that would help place that team's accomplishments in the proper light.

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