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K-State Slate: 12.4.12 - No Repeat Performance in Waco

Looking ahead to the Baylor game, another honor for Marcus Foster, and all your Thursday news and notes

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There was just a trickle of content here yesterday. BracketCat checked in with the Wildcats in the NFL, and Jon Morse and Luke Thompson teamed up to bring you Championship Week FEPO action.

Kelly McHugh's SE feature of the day covers the final press conference from the Vanier Football Complex, at least in its current form. Construction officially begins this weekend, after the team leaves for Waco.

Speaking of Waco, the Wildcats have no intention of staging a repeat performance of the 2012 game. That game is still fresh in the players' memory, and Kansas State is looking to turn the tables, even if nobody will actually use the word "payback." DeMarcus Robinson probably got the closest to articulating the significance of the game:

Two years ago, it hurt. We're trying to avoid that feeling again. It was terrible

Our grizzly cousins at Our Daily Bears have an advanced statistics preview of the game. For your daily dose of (very mild and almost respectful) DISRESPECT, please to see the comments section.

Getting pressure on the quarterback early may be the only way Kansas State can slow down the Baylor offense, according to Ken Corbitt in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

That quarterback is likely to be Bryce Petty, at least according to Art Briles. It's not clear whether Petty has been medically cleared to play or if Briles is just stating his own expectations in that regard.

Keep this in mind for some season in the not-too-distant future. Sterling, the 11-year old brother of Tyler Lockett, ran routes with his family on the field before the Kansas game. And oh, Sterling's father described him as "athletically gifted." Lockett seems fairly certain that Sterling will come to Kansas State one day, because he already "bleeds purple."

Adversity is nothing for Matthew McCrane, who has quietly become the league's most reliable kicker. His 93.3 percent field goal accuracy leads the Big 12 and is second in the nation.

In a move that will surprise no one, everyone in the ESPN(blog) crew picks Baylor to win the game. This is familiar territory for Kansas State.

In sobering roundball news, the Wildcats are last in the conference in defense. The sample size is small, of course, but this may be the start of a worrying trend for the team. Taking care of the ball on offense might be the best way to pull up the defense.

Meanwhile, Marcus Foster has been named to the 50-player Naismith Trophy watch list. He joins eight other players from the conference, including Iowa State's Georges Niang and the Kansas trio of Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis III and Wayne Selden, Jr.

Kansas State is trying to bounce back from the trip to Mexico and improve on its current winning streak when they take on UT-Arlington tonight. A big part of the Wildcats' success has been forward Breanna Lewis, who is trying to get better every day.

This is Kansas State's 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team will be taking on No. 20 Utah in Lincoln. This is the first meeting of the two teams. If the Wildcats win, they'll take on the winner of the game between Hofstra and host Nebraska. Kansas State is 1-0 against Hofstra and 4-80 against Nebraska all-time.

The Collegian tries to answer that age-old question: is Gatorade really good for you? If nothing else, it now tastes way better than it used to.