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Basketball loses a player for the year but expects three others to return soon plus track and a little soccer.

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Basketball

K-State basketball fans got some more bad news concerning sophomore forward Montavious Murphy on Thursday. In his weekly radio show, head coach Bruce Weber confirmed that Murphy will be out indefinitely thanks to a surgical procedure on his knee. The surgery will likely sideline him for the rest of the season.

Weber did mention that the other three injured or Covid-sidelined Cats (Antonio Gordon, Kaosi Ezeagu and Luke Kasubke) would be back sooner rather than later. Gordon should return next Wednesday versus Iowa State, Ezeagu could be back next weekend versus Texas and Kasubke could make his Wildcat debut a couple of days after that on Jan. 19 versus Oklahoma.

Time will tell what Kasubke, the supposed “sharpshooter” of the 2020 class, will contribute once he hits the floor but getting Ezeagu and Gordon back will be huge for K-State’s depth down low.

Track and Field

The indoor track and field team will host the first meet of the new year on Saturday in the Wildcat Invitational. It is the third home meet out of seven scheduled for the season at Ahearn Field House.

K-State will host North Texas, Langston, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Iowa State.

Fans wanting to keep up with the events can check in with the live results from Heartland Timing at kstatesports.com. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, fans will not be allowed into Ahearn to watch the meet.

Soccer

Lastly, K-State Sports Extra’s Austin Siegel profiled recent K-State soccer graduate Silke Bonnen who late last year became the first Wildcat soccer player in program history to turn pro. Check out that story here.