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K-State Slate: 1.22.15 - Basketball team(s) struggle(s)

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The women's basketball is struggling, while the men's team lost but may have found itself in the process

"Have you ever wrestled a grizzly bear?"
"Have you ever wrestled a grizzly bear?"
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We wrap up the football season and put a bow on it with jeffp171 and the season's final College Football Transitivity Rankings. Then, we look ahead to the football team's future with a recruiting update from JT VanGilder: National Signing Day is upon us.

Kansas State may have lost to Iowa State, but it was not for lack of effort. Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams keyed the offense and nearly pulled off the upset (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal). In the process, Gipson earned maybe the ultimate compliment from Georges Niang:

Have you ever wrestled a grizzly bear? That's what [defending Gipson] is like.

This year's Sunflower Showdown contests may prove to the most interesting games between K-State and that other team since the 1980s, especially since the Wildcats are proving they belong (Mike Norris, KC Kingdom). If Kansas State somehow beats the Jayhawks this year, Bill Self might do more than beat on a scoring table:

This weekend is Men's Basketball Legends Weekend, and before the game against Oklahoma State, the university will honor Hall of Fame coach Tex Winter by unveiling "Tex Winter Drive." As many as 50 former players and coaches will be on hand to witness the public ceremony, which will include an address by All-American Ernie Barrett, who played and coached with Winter.

Despite a career-high 19 points from Kindred Wesemann and a halftime lead, Kansas State lost to West Virginia 63-51 in Morgantown. This is the Wildcats' third straight loss, and the team is yet to win a true road game this year. (Ryan Porter, K-State Collegian)

Maybe that first road win will come this weekend, when the Wildcats travel to Waco to take on Baylor?

Kansas State may be moving the spring game to Sporting Park in Kansas City, according to unconfirmed reports. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett does Tyler Lockett things as he gets ready to showcase his talent this Saturday. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. (Kelly McHugh, K-State Sports Extra)