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Slate: Bye week blues

No. 10 Volleycats wrap up home portion of their season, K-State men’s and women’s basketball previews 20-21 season plus a Wildcat makes a mid-season award watchlist and soccer plays their final game of the year.

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The bye week blues are hitting hard for Kansas State Wildcat fans this week due in no small part to head coach Chris Klieman announcing that Covid-19 has returned to ravage part of the Wildcats roster and three-star athlete Jayden Williams decommitting from the Cats Thursday.

However, there was some good news coming out of Vanier yesterday with junior defensive end Wyatt Hubert being one of 25 players in the country named to the 2020 Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award initial watchlist. A K-State player has been up for the award every season since Meshak Williams in 2012. Hubert has 5.5 sacks so far this season which co-leads the Big 12 and is ninth nationally.


Your 10th, count ‘em, 10th ranked Volleycats (8-4) will hit the court again tonight and Saturday when they host TCU (1-5) for their final home series of the season.

Covid-19 has made their way through the TCU roster and they have not been able to play since Oct. 16. The first match is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight and the second will also be 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches will be on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Women’s Soccer

Last Friday, this writer made a mistake and said that the K-State soccer team was going to play their final match of the season last Friday. Needless to say, I felt rather silly when it got to Friday evening of last week and I went hunting for the results from their match and found out that it was actually a week from now. Well, now that week is up and I’m here to to tell you that the K-State women’s soccer team will play their final match of the season tonight at home versus Texas Tech at 5 p.m. I swear this time I’m telling you the truth.

The Wildcats also set a record for wins two weeks ago, netting their first multi-win conference season and if they beat a Texas Tech team who has also only won two games this season, they will take that record even further.

Men’s Basketball

Bruce Weber’s squad added a new big man to their 2021-22 roster in the form of three-star 6’10” forward Logan Landers. K-State still has one scholarship open for the 2021 season if the K-State coaches decide to use it.

The AP’s Dave Skretta wrote a preview for the upcoming 2020-21 season focusing mainly on how the Wildcats will be balancing the talent of their young players with their inexperience in a Big 12 that’s as loaded as ever. You can check out that full story here.

Lastly, some schedule shake-ups are already on the horizon for the Wildcats after South Dakota State dropped out of K-State’s Little Apple Classic. Weber told media members that a replacement fourth team is close to being added but it’s not official as of Thursday evening.

Women’s Basketball

K-State head coach Jeff Mittie Zoomed with media members on Thursday to discuss the upcoming season as well as their three-player 2021 recruiting class. Check out a transcription of the interview here.