We’ve been off the grid thanks to a gigantic storm, overwork, and meetings. So here’s an abbreviated rundown of Wednesday’s Stuff™.
Wednesday, K-State announced that it had inked a deal for a home-and-home series with the Marquette Golden Eagles. K-State will travel to Milwaukee for a December 1 meeting at the sparkling new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center this winter, while Marquette will return the visit at Bramlage in December 2019.
The Cats and Eagles — then known as the Warriors — used to play relatively often, including six consecutive years from 1981-82 through 1987-88 in which K-State won five of six. They haven’t met since then, despite both teams playing at Kansas City in the CBE Classic in November 2010.
In other basketball schedule news, we also now know the date of the return game in the not-quite-home-and-home series with Vanderbilt, as Jon Rothstein of FanRag reports that the Commodores will invade the Sprint Center on December 22 (via Dean Straka of DieHards).
Well, not really football per se. Robinett reports that a former Wildcat is making news again... in a police uniform. A purse snatcher in Carrollton, Tex., tried to get away from an officer only to discover that cop gots wheels. Said boy in blue was none other than one Kip Daily, former beast defensive back for our boys in purple.
Last week was Connie Jaffrey’s moment in the K-State golf spotlight. This week, it’s all Jeremy Gandon. Yesterday morning, Gandon was named Big 12 Golfer of the Week on the heels of his Big 12 co-championship, becoming only the third Wildcat to earn that honor and the first since Robert Streb in 2008. Later in the morning, he became only the fourth Wildcat to be named All-Big 12 first team.
And yesterday afternoon, although he already knew he was in as an automatic qualifier thanks to the Big 12 title, Gandon learned his destination in the NCAA championship. He’ll be playing in the Stockton Regional qualifier May 14-16, only the eighth male Wildcat to do so.
Wednesday night’s game against Wichita State was cancelled for storm of the century-type reasons, so the Wildcats (18-28, 3-15) will be headed to Norman tomorrow afternoon to begin a three-game set against the Oklahoma Sooners (28-18, 10-8). No make-up was scheduled for the Shockers game, although the two teams are scheduled to meet in Wichita on May 15.
Track and Field
The last regular season meet of the season will be at R.V. Christian Track starting tomorrow as K-State hosts the Ward Haylett Invitational. It’s the final tune-up before the Big 12 Championships May 11-13.