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We're less than 33 hours from exhibition hoops.

It's getting closer...
It's getting closer...
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Today's Slate is late for a very good reason. You see, Thursday is supposed to be JT's day, but he went and did something really dumb just about exactly nine months ago, and now he's paying the price. As a result, he was too busy today, and thus you're stuck with me.

Congrats, Tarkus. Make sure to get your boy to the stadium ASAP so he can be properly baptized.

Luke and I once again gazed into our crystal balls with five more game picks in yesterday's FEPO, while Luke also sat down and had a talk with the K-State basketball beat writer at the Manhattan Mercury, Joel Jellison, in this week's Bring on the Podcast.

FOX Sports, uncredited, says K-State is limping into the bye.

Scout's Gabe Brooks offers up a profile of Wildcat commit Isaiah Harris, which is sort of odd because the wideout is only a two-star.

Meanwhile, Jerit Roser of NOLA.com reports that Dutchtown CB Coney Durr is headed to Minnesota this weekend; he's also high on K-State and Memphis. Durr, who visited Manhattan the weekend of the TCU game, is a solid 3-star and just shy of being a top-100 corner.

K-State may be getting Alex Delton back for Baylor, but the Bears are getting something back for K-State too:

Mark Schlemmer of the Joplin Globe profiles Sherrick Rogers, the Pittsburg High RB who's filling the void left by Alex Barnes. Rogers was the Wildcat backs's backup in 2013, then transferred to Chetopa before returning to Pittsburg for his senior season. Rogers is not currently rated by any of the services, but he's closing in on a thousand-yard campaign and is averaging over 13 yards a carry.

Actual worthy content from Bleacher Report's Nick Dimengo: his top 10 players with the "most disrespectful jukes and stiff-arms". There's a little running back of note around these parts sitting on his list.

Via FOX, the AP's Dave Skretta previews K-State's basketball season, and provides you with a cheat sheet as to who all these new guys are.

Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal discusses K-State's adjustment to new NCAA rules this year: the shortening of the shot clock to 30 seconds, expansion of the restricted arc by 33%, and the no-touchy perimeter defense emphasis. Corbitt reports that during an intrasquad scrimmage, the result of the new rules was... more fouls. Oof.

The Wildcats take to the floor against an opponent other than themselves for the first time tomorrow, hosting Division II Emporia State in an exhibition.

For you students: K-State has announced its early-entry procedures for this season's games.

The women also begin exhibition play shortly, hosting Washburn on November 2.

In today's Sports Extra, Kelly McHugh-Stewart checks in with former Wildcat Lynn Holzman, who now gets to make Gonzaga and BYU listen to her as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference.

Nicole Vogt, former Wildcat rower and member of the 2009 Big 12 Champion Varsity 8, has been named to the 2018 US Olympic team. "But wait", you say. "2018 is the Winter Games." You are absolutely correct. Vogt has been named to the US Bobsled team.

Finally, even though it's not technically over yet (although the only K-State athletic contest left this month is tomorrow's exhibition basketball game), Sports Extra gives us this month's Top Ten Moments.