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Disappointment abounds.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Football

There is no news. They say no news is good news, but I’m not as certain of that proposition as I used to be. As of this writing, Bill Snyder is still the head football coach at Kansas State, and that will remain the status quo until we hear official word otherwise.

Basketball

There are, however, times when the news can only be bad and we would prefer not to hear it. That’s where we are with Kansas State basketball right now, following an 83-71 loss to Marquette. The previously undefeated and 12th-ranked Wildcats did not cover themselves in glory—moral or otherwise—in this contest (Eric Rubottom, Bring on the Cats).

With Barry Brown drawing an early technical, with Cartier Diarra and Xavier Sneed both running into foul trouble early, and Dean Wade mostly a no-show for the first half, the Wildcats struggled to get points on the board. Indeed, Kansas State was just 9-of-26 in the first half of the game.

The defense—an alleged strength for this team—also experienced the worst performance of the season so far, giving up 83 points and a field goal percentage of 56.8. But the real story is that Kansas State gave up 45 points to Marquette’s Markus Howard, the second-most points given up to a single player in a game since 1994. Howard ultimately connected on 11 of 17 shots and scored more than 356 points for the second time this season.

So what happens now? Well, hopefully better things, as Kansas State continues its road stand with a game against Tulsa next Saturday.

Kansas State’s run of misery this weekend continued with Cymone Goodrich declared out for the season. She has a severe shoulder injury and will apply for a medical hardship to extend her eligibility.

The Wildcats will attempt to salvage something from this weekend when they take on Vanderbilt at Bramlage Coliseum this afternoon as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Tip off is scheduled for 2 PM, and the game can be seen on ESPN3.