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K-State men's basketball prepares for Mississippi in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, women renew Chisholm Trail hostilities, a pair of football recruits set to announce this weekend, new hall of fame inductees, and donations to the athletic department.

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It's a big weekend for K-State sports. Let's get right to it. Sorry, no fancy headers. That's what you don't get when the old man is in charge of the Slate.

The men's basketball team welcomes Mississippi for a late-January non-conference game. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. CST, Eric has your preview.

Despite the Ben Simmons hype, Mississippi's Stefan Moody and his 24.3 points per game lead the SEC in scoring.

The women's basketball team will be host to the No. 6 Texas Longhorns after the men's game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

National signing day is coming up soon. Cornerback prospect Tre Jackson will announce his decision today after decommitting from South Carolina. Linebacker Clifton Lewis will announce his decision on Sunday. JT took a look yesterday at the prospects we know will be in Manhattan next fall.

Senior pentathlete Akela Jones is the Big 12 female athlete of the week. Jones came up 35 points shy of the all-time best collegiate score in the pentathlon.

Michael Bishop headlined a class of 10 inductees to the K-State Sports Hall of Fame. The class also included women's basketball stars Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker, along with Sean Snyder and Martin Gramatica.

K-State ranked sixth nationally in athletic department donations for the 2014-15 fiscal year. There's money in Manhattan for worthy causes.

This was linked in the comments the other day, but it's worth another look. From Black Heart Gold Pants, Adam Jacobi writes that football killed Tyler Sash.