This is it, folks. It's the last regular season game of the year and Senior Day in Manhattan. With Kansas State almost guaranteed a bowl spot, the outcome of the game is not as critical as it seemed a few weeks ago, although everyone would prefer actual bowl eligibility over APR-based bowl eligibility (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal). There's plenty of pride on the line too, and this team is determined to go out on a winning note. Meanwhile, West Virginia will try to make history by beating Bill Snyder for the very first time (Andrew Hammond, K-State Collegian).
It's a good thing Kansas State is probably headed to the Liberty Bowl anyway, because beating West Virginia may be a taller order this year than in years past (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star). As TB notes in his Kicking the Tires piece, the 'Eers are sporting a new look, as a run-oriented team with a stout defense. That doesn't exactly play to Kansas State's strengths.
The Mountaineers are also on a bit of a hot streak, winning their last three games in convincing fashion and outscoring opponents 148-52 (Robinett, KC Star).
Kansas State has a streak of its own, pulling off a miraculous comeback against Iowa State and pounding Kansas to bring the team's record up to 5-6 on the season, partly because Joe Hubener has played better down the stretch than at the beginning of the Big 12 slate. Teammates believe Hubener has learned and matured and the experience has been useful, even if Bazooka Joe ends up buried on the depth chart next year.
Hubener will have to use his legs in this game, as Kansas State will need to run the ball better than they did last year, when the Wildcats amassed one whole yard of rushing against West Virginia (Ken Corbitt, Capital-Journal).
This is the last time Kody Cook and Stanton Weber will run onto the field at home, and underclassmen like Dalton Risner are hoping to send them off in style (Liz Heath, Collegian).
Kansas State kicks off at 3:30 PM on FS1 and streaming on FS Go.
Kansas State beat Georgia 68-66 on a final seconds shot by Dean Wade to win their first true non-conference road game since October 2012. Wade and Kamau Stokes combined for 23 points in the second half, including Wade's late-game heroics. Wesley Iwundu, who scored 14 points, also showed his leadership skills in letting teammates share the glory.
Overall, four Wildcats scored in double digits (Wades, Stokes, Iwundu, and Justin Edwards), and at least two players have had 10 or more points in every game this season.
Most importantly, according to Bruce Weber, "[a]ll the things we've been preaching, it all kind of came to fruition. Keep being tough and stay together."
The women's basketball team is in action today, taking on 1-6 Chicago State in Chicago. This is the final non-conference road game for the team. Players to watch include Breanna Lewis, Kindred Wesemann, and Shaelyn Martin.
The VolleyCats post-season came to an end last night with a four-set loss (25-22, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20) to Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Shockers outhit the Wildcats .282 to .238 and also had four players with double digits for kills.
Although Kansas State played well, Brooke Sassin was the only player in purple to have double figures with 18 hits to go with 14 digs for her 16th double-double of the year. Teammate Katie Brand also managed a double-double with 12 digs to go with her 45 assists for her 20th double-double, matching her career best output. Kersten Kober tallied her 500th dig in the match, moving her up to eighth all-time at Kansas State.