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K-State Slate: 2.20.12

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K-State Basketball

Big doesn't begin to describe K-State's 57-56 win over Baylor on Saturday in Waco. The win ended a three-game losing streak and, for the time being, shores up K-State's NCAA Tournament résumé.

Speaking of the Dance, on Friday Austin Meek wrote that K-State was trending toward the opening games in Dayton, if it made the tournament at all. Take care of business the rest of the way, and the Wildcats shouldn't need to be concerned about that.

In other words, the Wildcats took advantage of one of their few remaining opportunities to pick up signature wins. Not that K-State is lacking in that department compared to most of its bubble companions, but knocking off another top-10 team never hurts.

With the win, K-State reversed the close-game curse that has haunted it all season. Let's hope it's the type of win that snaps the team out of their previous rut.

Much-maligned junior Jordan Henriquez played a big part in K-State's crucial win. Two of Henriquez's three blocked shots in the game came in the closing minutes.

K-State Women's Basketball

Tasha Dickey led K-State to another win over Texas, as the Wildcats routed the Longhorns, 65-45, Saturday in Manhattan.

K-State Baseball

The Bat Cats kicked off the season with a win, but dropped to 1-1 with a loss Sunday to Cal State-Bakersfield. The series concludes today at 4:00 p.m.

College baseball teams are finally adjusting to the new bats that were introduced last season.

Big 12 Basketball

Oklahoma State put Texas back on the bubble with a 90-78 win over the Longhorns in Stillwater, keyed by Keiton Page's 40 (!) points ... Missouri took care of business in its first win over Texas A&M in College Station since 2001, beating the Aggies 71-62 ... Iowa State swept Oklahoma with an 80-69 win in Ames ... and KU won a forgettable game in Lawrence over Texas Tech, 83-50.