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Bring on the PodCats with Ryan Black

The Manhattan Mercury’s new sports editor makes his first Bring on the PodCats appearance to help us figure out what we know about K-State basketball and what we’ve still got left to learn before Big 12 play begins.

Kansas State v Cincinnati
The offensive transformation of Kam Stokes, especially his long-range jump shot, has been one of the most pleasant surprises so far this season.
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Ryan Black joined The Manhattan Mercury as a Kansas State beat writer and sports editor in October, we gladly welcomed him on the podcast for the first time this week with plans to talk all about K-State basketball. Of course, a few hours before we were set to record, UTEP hired Dana Dimel, so we did spend some time talking about the reaction to that surprising development as well as the matchup with UCLA.

Mostly, though, with the help of official BotC basketball insider Eric Rubottom, we took a long overdue look at this season’s team of quality veterans and newcomers still looking to find their roles. So far the leadership of the older guys has been more than enough most nights, but that could easily change once Big 12 play begins.

Does the bench need to score more points? How can K-State improve on its rebounding woes? Is Dean living up to the hype? What does Xavier’s breakout game against Vandy mean going forward? Can Kam keep up his red-hot 3-point shooting? These are just a few of the questions we tried to answer with just three nonconference games left before Kansas State heads to Ames on December 29.

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