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K-State Slate: 2.24.14

Last weekend was bad. This weekend was, unbelievably, even worse.

How, really, are we going to view Will in five years?
How, really, are we going to view Will in five years?
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Previously on BotC: Jon's final Olympic wrap.

Men's Basketball:

I had words with Sam yesterday over the middle sentence of his fourth paragraph, but aside from that quibble Mellinger's longish-form piece on Will Spradling is an absolute must-read.

Sorting through Saturday's loss to Oklahoma via John Zetmeir at The Collegianx, Kellis Robinett at the Star, Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal, Ryan Aber at the Oklahoman, and Guerin Emig at the Tulsa World.

Other related coverage: Robinett's post-game notebook, as well as Aber's at the Oklahoman. Corbitt also has a post-game notebook, and examines the Wildcats' road woes. Emig reports Lon Kruger is very satisfied. Rob Dausler at NBC's College Basketball Talk has been high on the 'Cats, but would now like you to be very aware that their profile isn't as good as you think.

Steve Jones at the Lexington (KY) Courier-Journal reports that Jackson Davis, a 6'7" Rice commit from Lexington-Lafayette, has reopened his recruitment -- and that Bruce Weber, among others, will be paying him a visit post-haste. Davis, the son of former Kentucky Wildcat Jonathan Davis, is one of seven finalists for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award. He reopened because he wasn't a highly-regarded recruit as a junior, but he's having a tremendous senior year, averaging over 24 points per game... and teams better than Rice have now started sniffing around. Vandy, UConn, Florida, Houston, and Notre Dame are also in the picture now. So is Columbia. You know, the Ivy League school. So this kid's smart, too.

Texas Tech is trying to gloat about their awesome student section, which had a whopping 4,000 people show up for their game against Kansas. They're trying to get 10,000 to come out and see the Wildcats, and they're resorting to bribery.

Women's Basketball:

Recaps of Saturday's drubbing by the Mountaineers from Emilio Rivera at The Collegian, Corbin McGuire at the Capital-Journal, and from The Morgantown Daily Athenaeum.


It appears it's only taken two weeks to remove every shred of pre-season excitement we were feeling. The Cats dropped three of four over the weekend in Moraga, losing to Portland on Thursday, Cal-Davis on Saturday, and Saint Mary's on Sunday. In between, on Friday they finally got their first win of the season, taking their first meeting with the host Gaels. The BatCats limp home with a 1-7 record, and a desperate need to get a winning streak going.


The Wildcats won a lot of events as they ended the indoor regular season at the K-State Open on Friday night. Before we feel relief at a bright spot in an otherwise abominable weekend, it's our duty to note that with the exception of a few of athletes from Oklahoma State the entire visiting field was made up of non-Division I competition.


The ladies dropped both matches in Tulsa over the weekend to fall to 5-3 on the year. Friday, they fell 4-3 to North Texas; SSaturday, the Golden Hurricane hammered the 'Cats 4-1.


The men finished 15th out of 23 teams at the Wyoming Desert Collegiate in Palm Springs, California, and before you ask, yes, this was a "home" match for Wyoming, not just some weirdly-named tournament. The ladies are in Peoria, Arizona, for the Westbrook Invitational; they're in 8th place out of a 14-team field after day one. That tournament, hosted by Wisconsin, concludes today.

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday men's basketball at Texas Tech, 6pm.
Wednesday women's basketball at The Flaw, 6pm.
Friday equestrian vs Baylor in Manhattan, 10am
baseball vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Tointon, 3pm
women's tennis at Columbia
track at Big 12 Indoor Championships, Ames IA
Saturday baseball vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Tointon, 1pm
women's basketball at Oklahoma State, 2pm
men's basketball vs Iowa State at Bramlage, 6pm
track at Big 12 Indoor Championships, Ames IA
Sunday baseball vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Tointon, 1pm
women's tennis vs Memphis in New York City