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Bring on the PodCats with Joel Jellison

With the football team on a bye week, The Mercury’s K-State writer helps us preview the upcoming basketball season before Friday’s opener.

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Kansas vs Kansas State
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The football team’s getting a much-needed Saturday off, so Manhattan Mercury beat writer Joel Jellison joined us to talk basketball. He gave us a few reasons why K-State could beat the Big 12 coaches’ projection of 9th place, but also acknowledged that could be about right. Freshman Xavier Sneed and Isaiah Maurice could contribute right away, plus D.J. Johnson should be more helpful now that he’s back to 100%.

Of course, Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown and Dean Wade all bring back significant questions, and the biggest concern of all might be the man on the bench. We talked about Bruce’s future, notably what he needs to do to keep his job at Kansas State. He might want to learn a few things about recruiting from women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie, who keeps luring top players to Manhattan. Listen to the end and you’ll hear Joel’s quick preview of Mittie’s team this season. Spoiler Alert: They should be good.

Be sure to read Joel’s work at The Mercury’s website and follow him on Twitter at Joel_Jellison.