In what seems to be a common refrain this season, we’re approaching yet another milestone in futility with the K-State men’s basketball team.
After last weekend’s loss to Texas A&M, the Wildcats have lost four-straight in Bramlage Coliseum. The inevitable loss today to the No. 13/11 Red Raiders will put the streak at five games, which will tie the K-State record for losses in Bramlage set back in January to February of 2000. The head coach? Tom Asbury, who was relieved of his duties at the end of the season.
Yes, it’s harsh to say the loss is inevitable. This is college basketball and truly anything is possible. Heck, we’ve seen that for ourselves earlier this season when a DII school walked into Bramlage and danced out with a victory over a major-conference DI team. Those things just don’t happen, but they’ve happened this year.
That said, the last time these two teams met was back in early January, when the Wildcats were on the road in Lubbock, and Tech started the streak of handing the Cats double-digit losses with an 82-71 victory; a streak that now sits at nine games (and counting). It was also the last time the WeberCats broke the 70-point mark this season, and the only time in 2021. The losses this season have been so lop-sided that three of the losses in the current streak will appear on the Top 10 list of worse losses in K-State history during Big 12 play, and both Baylor losses will be in the Top 10 worst conference losses ever. Of course the 48-point beating will appear at the top of most of the “worst losses” lists (excluding the home losses lists, since it was in Waco).
So while anything is possible, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with continuing to root for the Wildcats and hope for victory, be prepared for yet another loss, and more historic futility. We’ve long been worried about returning to Futility U, but we never truly expected that to come from the basketball team, whose once proud history has certianly taken on a significant tarnish this season.
Today’s game from Bramlage Coliseum tips at 3:01pm CT and can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Ted Emrich (play-by-play) and Lance Blanks (analyst) on the call (be prepared for more really random stories).
If you haven’t subscribed to ESPN+ (and you can do so right here) or just don’t want to, you can listen to Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) call the game on much of the K-State Sports Radio Network, and also available online via the TuneIn App and at K-StateSports.com, and satellite radio on XM 384.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State Wildcats (5-14)
G: #21 Nijel Pack
G: #00 Mike McGuirl
G: #2 Selton Miguel
F: #11 Antonio Gordon
F: #21 Davion Bradford
Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-5)
G: #0 Mac McClung
G: #5 Micah Peavy
G: #11 Kyler Edwards
G: #15 Kevin McCullar
F: #14 Marcus Santos-Silva
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