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K-State looks to end bowl loss streak

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Plus, the men’s basketball team made short work of Gardner-Webb

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Today’s Slate will be short and sweet, much like its writer. (One out of two ain’t bad, yo).

ICYMI

Our own Gracey Terrill was on Emporia’s ESPN 99.5 with Cody Hudson talking about K-State and something called “the Chiefs.”

Basketball

It was touch-and-go for a while there, but Kansas State ultimately built up enough steam to put away Gardner-Webb by a score of 67-54.

As Jon Morse notes in our post-game recap, the Wildcats overcame a slow start and put together a 19-1 run to build a halftime lead of 41-24. Kansas State then cemented that lead in the second to pull away from the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Kamau Stokes was the star of the day, netting a game-high 18 points to go with four assists, while D.J. Johnson had 16 points off 8-of-8 shooting and also had seven rebounds. Johnson is the first Wildcats to shoot perfectly since Luis Colon way back in 2008.

The Wildcats are now 11-1 and a perfect 8-0 at Bramlage. We should learn whether that record is a harbinger of things to come or a mere false dawn when the Big 12 schedule tips off with a game against Texas on December 30 in Manhattan.

The women’s basketball team is in action tonight, as the #24 Wildcats end the non-conference slate on the road against Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM CST and the game will be available on ESPN3.

Football

Gridiron news is starting to trickle in with the Texas Bowl less than a week away now. Kansas State’s bowl futility is a longstanding trend we’d all like to see reversed. It’s not that the Wildcats have never won a bowl game, of course. It’s more that only a handful of players can even remember winning one. Dante Barnett has fond memories of the beatdown of Michigan in 2013, Kansas State’s only bowl win since 2002.

Speaking of Barnett, his contributions to the team this year don’t show up on the stat sheet, but he’s helped an inexperienced secondary improve with his leadership in the off-season as well as on the field. For that, he was named co-defensive MVP at the team awards, an honor that surprised even Barnett himself.

Our esteemed Aggie cousins over at Good Bull Hunting have already turned their attention to the Texas Bowl with this preview, and more importantly, this video which can only be described as poetry.