K-State Slate: 3.21.14

Will Spradling learns to fly

Fighting ever fighting for a Wildcat victory! Go State!

K-State vs. Kentucky. Wildcats vs. Wildcats. Tonight. 8:40 PM CT. CBS. Be there.

Curtis Kitchen discussed the Big 12's prospects in the NCAA Tournament, and KSUEMAW! previewed Big 12 baseball.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for an updated TV schedule from Jon Morse and TB's preview of the K-State-UK game.

Here be lots of links to last minute stories on K-State's first game in this year's tournament:

The state of Kansas is in the throes of March Madness. Gov. Brownback chose not to reveal his bracket picks, but did declare the state the cradle of basketball.

Vahe Gregorian checks in with a piece in the Kansas City Star on how Marcus Foster grew up after the KU loss.

Shane Southwell hopes for a big finish, and also hopes to tweet just the right thing. (Jeffrey Lutz, Wichita Eagle)

K-State has a size disadvantage to overcome against Kentucky, a view taken by Ken Corbitt in the Capital-Journal, and echoed by Kellis Robinett and Chris Parker at KWCH (including video footage). Also, as Kevin Haskin suggests, there's a distinct difference in athletic pedigree for both teams.

On the other hand, K-State hopes its depth will make the difference, and K-State running a lot of motion might be too much for Kentucky's defense.

Meanwhile, UK's Cauley-Stein thinks those Wildcats can shock the world by beating K-State. Also, from the world of leave-no-#TAKES-untaken, Cauley-Stein happens to be a Kansas native. (Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald Leader).

The three head coaches from college basketball's premier state pose for the world's most awkward picture, and because college basketball makes strange bedfellows, KU and K-State are sharing a locker room in St. Louis.

Blair Kerkhoff writes about the Wichita State-KU dynamic, with a few mentions of K-State here and there (as the sort of interloper neither school is too concerned about).

Finally, some notes and video footage from K-State's practice in St. Louis.

K-State begins defense of its Big 12 title at OU tonight (6 PM CT). Levi MaVorhis (3-1, 2.70) gets the start. The BatCats are riding a 12-game winning streak, but it's sobering to remember they have not won a series at Norman since 1971.

Matt Hofeld over at Crimson & Cream Machine has a preview of the series.

ESPN's Athlete on the Spot: Daniel Sams

At the Desert Shootout, the men's golf team shot an even par-288 to tie for ninth place (with KU) after the first day of play. Seth Smith had a team-best 2-under-70, but Coach Norris hopes everyone shoots lower today to move K-State up the leaderboard.

K-State added five track and field recruits on Thursday, including Jamaican high jumper Christoff Bryan (a bronze medalist at the last IAAF World Youth Championships) and fellow Jamaican Shardia Lawrence (the current U20 CARIFTA champion in the triple jump).

As you tweet about the tournament, consider this piece in the Collegian, on whether the power of social protest is diluted by digital media (Jena Sauber).

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