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K-State Slate: 3.3.14

Your usual Monday morning infodump, and there's a lot of it.

The Paradox showed his good side Saturday.
The Paradox showed his good side Saturday.
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By now, you'll have heard about the Vaniers' $60M gift to Kansas State.


Well, getting Alex Delton was nice, but over in Missouri the Blue Springs pipeline sprung a leak over the weekend as Carlos and Khalil Davis, the twin defensive tackles, commited to Nebraska.

Men's Basketball:

David Ubben's Big 12 power rankings are up over at FOX.

The Star's Blair Kerkhoff on the potential argument between Kansas and Wichita State.

Kelly McHugh, for K-State Sports Extra, explains that the Wildcats' 15-game home winning streak is a Bramlage record.

Iowa State recaps: K-State official recap, Austin Earl at the Collegian, Kellis Robinett at the Star, Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal, and cylentbutdeadly weighs in over at WRNL.

And we turn right around and rush headlong into Oklahoma State previews. The Collegian's John Zetmeir's preview, Corbitt noting K-State is playing for position now, and the Daily O'Collegian has a nice piece from Kieran Steckley on what's almost certainly Markel Brown's final home game for the Cowboys.

More from Robinett; the Cats hope Wesley Iwundu is over his struggles.

Women's Basketball:

K-State's recap of the loss to Oklahoma State, and the O'Collegian's Justin Gordon offers a recap from the other perspective.

Monday night is Senior Night at Bramlage, and since there's no WNIT bid in the cards we say farewell to Ashlynn Knorr, Chantay Caron, and Katya Leick. It's a damned shame that a televised Senior Night will be in time conflict with the men playing on Big Monday, though. I'm going to openly criticize the department for allowing this to happen. Senior Day/Night, no matter the sport, shouldn't be up against another K-State event, and they should have gotten the conference to juggle the schedule slightly to avoid it. The ladies could just as easily have played on Tuesday.


Friday, the BatCats had an easy time with Grand Canyon in a 9-4 win. Shane Conlon had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Levi MaVorhis went 7.1 innings for the win. Saturday, the Cats took both games; in the early game against Grand Canyon, Landon Busch tossed a complete game, walking nobody, and Lance Miles had four RBIs as the Wildcats hammered the Antelopes 11-1. Later that evening, Jared Moore went seven, and behind three-hit games from Ross Kivett, Austin Fisher, and Shane Conlon, the Cats handled Missouri State 8-3. Sunday's getaway game against Abilene Christian was called due to weather.


At the Big 12 Indoor Championships, the Wildcats had a fantastic Friday. Erica Twiss (pentathlon), Kyle Wait (pole vault), Sara Savatovic (weight throw), and Jharyl Bowry (long jump) earned Big 12 individual championships. At the close of business Friday, the men were in second place with 33 points behind Oklahoma State at 39; Texas Tech was third with 29. The women are tied for first with Texas at 38 points, nine points ahead of the hosts, Iowa State.

On Saturday, however, that promise turned to sand. Devin Dick is your Big 12 indoor heptathlon champion (and teammates Reinis Kregers and Adam Deterding finished second and fifth), but the program's current weakness on the actual track pulled the 'Cats down the standings. At the end of the day, the women finished in fifth with 77 points, far behind Big 12 Champions Texas at 147. The men finished third, 17.5 points back of conference champs Oklahoma State.


In New York for the weekend, the Wildcats dropped both matches. Columbia took the ladies down 6-1 on Friday, and Memphis took a truncated match Saturday 4-0. That extends K-State's losing streak to four, and leave the team at 5-5 heading into next weekend's meeting with Wichita State.


Seventh-ranked K-State avenged an earlier loss to number five Baylor with an 11-9 win on Friday at Timbercreek.