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K-State Slate: 11.22.14 - Beached

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Hoops reaction and gameday news and notes.

Yeah, Jevon, that's exactly how we feel too.
Yeah, Jevon, that's exactly how we feel too.
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

We might still be a bit hungover from the West Virginia game, but there was not a whole lot of new content here yesterday. BracketCat did come through with the crowdsourced Week 12 Top 25 Poll.

Also, for your college football viewing purposes, you can rely on Jon Morse's What to Watch in Week 13 post.

Kansas State took on Long Beach State state last night, in a non-conference road game intended as a warm-up for the Maui Invitational. Unfortunately, the Wildcats appeared to be looking ahead, and were beached by a senior-laden Niners squad. Luke Thompson takes a closer look at the loss: Kansas State falls flat at Long Beach State.

The Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin uses a lot of winter-specific metaphors to describe just how cold the Wildcats were from the floor. Marcus Foster, Justin Edwards, and Jevon Thomas combined to go 4 of 29, and the team shot just 14.3 percent from 3-point range.

Not even Thomas Gipson and his newfound leadership could really help the team.

In the Wichita Eagle, Kellis Robinett suggests this was one of the worst losses of the Bruce Weber era. Certainly, the coach took it particularly hard and was unusually vocal with his criticism after the game.

Long Beach State coach Dan Monson predictably took the opposite approach with his team, praising his team's defensive identity. Up next for Kansas State is a game with Purdue on Monday, in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

Despite the deeply unsatisfying win over West Virginia, Kansas State moved back to the top of the Big 12 standings, a spot they now share with TCU and Baylor. If the Wildcats win out, the reward is at least a share of the One True Championship.

ESPN's Heather Dinich has Kansas State as a bubble team for the playoffs, although a two-loss team is unlikely to make that dance.

There are three conference matchups in the Big 12 today, but the Kansas State-West Virginia game may have been the best of the week, at least according to Berry Tramel.

The week's most intriguing matchups may well be in the Big Ten, with Wisconsin taking on Iowa, and Minnesota traveling to Lincoln to play Nebraska.

Changing tack a little, Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken of USA Today ask how good is the Florida job anyway?

Finally, here's the College Football Playoff Risk Board, the sort of thing that can only come from the mind of Spencer Hall.

The Wildcats completed a perfect home stand, with a resounding 66-46 win over Hampton. The 3-0 start is the team's best since the 2012 season. They blocked a season high 10 shots in the game, and a season-high 10 3-point field goals. Up next, Kansas State travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Tipoff is on Tuesday at 5 PM against UTEP.

For the second time in her collegiate career, Laura Galvan has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The race, which starts at at 11 AM today, will be Galvan's final outing in purple, and you can follow her progress with a livecast at NCAA.com.

The fourth-ranked equestrian team fought hard but ultimately fell 10-6 to No. 10 Auburn. This is the team's second loss to the Lady Tigers in as many years. The team takes on the Fresno Lady Bulldogs next.

The volleyball team is in the final stretch of the season, and will take on TCU at home this weekend. If K-State wins, this will be the highest win total (22) since the 2008 season.