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K-State Slate: 1.3.15 - The Hangover

The football season is over just as things heat up for the basketball team(s).

So long, Tyler, and thanks for all the fish.
So long, Tyler, and thanks for all the fish.
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The 2014 football season is done and dusted. It had its shares of ups and downs, the usual mixture of joy and disappointment. In the end, this team may have lost a few games more than we wanted, but they went out like champions. Take a moment to savor what Tyler Lockett, B.J. Finney, Ryan Mueller, Curry Sexton and Jake Waters have meant to Kansas State.

To paraphrase the immortal Maximus Decimus Meridius, were you not entertained?

So. That happened. Kansas State lost to UCLA in the Valero Alamo Bowl last night. Not even a furious second-half rally was enough to get the Wildcats the trophy. Here are the usual game recaps, but as always, we begin with our Jon Morse: For Want of the Run.

K-State SID (unattributed)
ESPN (staff; contributions from Associated Press)
Topeka Capital-Journal (Ken Corbitt)
Wichita Eagle (Kellis Robinett)
K-State Collegian (Tate Steinlage)
LA Times (Chris Foster)
San Antonio Express-News (Tom Osborne)

A lot of ink is going to be spilled on over the Jim Mora-Bill Snyder handshake fiasco, but I think TB's piece is the most comprehensive take on the issue: Mora Mad at Snyder.

I find it interesting that, thanks to Mora's antics, the media's focus has shifted from whether Kansas State did a bad thing at the end of the game to whether the UCLA coach's reaction was appropriate. Either way, Snyder himself appears to be unassailable. Ah, the privileges of being a senior citizen.

Even in defeat, Tyler Lockett remains a #FAMILY man. (K-State Collegian, Timothy Everson). It was a record-setting day at the Alamodome, as Lockett was joined by Curry Sexton in the 1,000-yard club, while Jake Waters became the single season passing yards leader, and B.J. Finney recorded his 52nd start, the most ever by any player in both Snyder eras. (Kelly McHugh, K-State Sports Extra)

Now that the football season is officially over, we can turn our full attention to basketball, a prospect that seems less exciting by the day. As BracketCat notes in his RPI Watch, morbid curiosity might be the only motivating factor here.

Nevertheless, the Big 12 season is upon us. The Wildcats take on Oklahoma State today in Stillwater, with tip off at 11 AM. Here's our official preview from TheBigE and the all-important How to Watch post, courtesy of Jon.

The women's basketball team is in a much different place than the men's team at this point. The Wildcats take on Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum at 1 PM, in the first Big 12 matchup for Jeff Mittie at Kansas State. The team currently leads the nation in scoring defense, as well as leading the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense and steals.