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K-State Slate: 2.20.15 - Is a rematch against Baylor the answer?

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The struggling men's team heads to Waco while the women take on the Sooners at home.

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Motivation.

Everyone talks about it. It's a fashionable buzzword, a shorthand for things done right, or as is the case with Kansas State right now, for everything that has gone wrong.

Motivation is not the outcome of good management or coaching. It is the first step in the process of leading a team to a set goal for the season. Psychology majors will tell you that motivation can be broken down into three components: activation, persistence, and intensity.

Activation is the initial push to act in a certain way to achieve a goal, while persistence is the continued effort made to achieve that goal and intensity is the degree of effort put into achieving the goal.

A coach can only properly be held responsible for that first step, because it is his job to set expectations for the season and to manage those expectations. But beyond that point, there is not much a coach can do. Motivation is not a magic wand a coach can wave to invoke persistence and intensity from his players. At some point, those things must come from the players themselves, and more than a few of the players on this team have done just that. There is only so much blame to go around and not all of it is on Bruce Weber.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Nate Griep pitched his second complete game as the BatCats had a walk-off win over Utah 3-2 at Surprise Stadium. This was Griep's first win since March 2014 and he had a career-high 122 pitches in this game.

Up next, the team will take on Oregon State in a rematch of the Corvallis Super Regional from 2013, and Levi MaVorhis will get the start.

Kansas State will try to find some consistency when they travel to Waco for a rematch against No. 20 Baylor on Saturday. The team is 1-9 in road games this year, including a 1-6 mark in Big 12 away games, so it's best to temper expectations. Hopefully, the team will show more energy than against TCU. (Emilio Rivera, K-State Collegian)

The women have their work cut out for them too. The team hosts Oklahoma this Saturday in Bramlage at 7 PM. The Wildcats are hoping for a repeat of their last home against the Sooners, an 86-78 win in 2014.

This is the annual Play 4 Kay game, and the first 4000 fans will receive a free K-State t-shirt.

Four K-State players have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. Heidi Brown, Bri Craig and Kindred Wesemann were named to the first team, and Ashia Woods earned second-team honors.

The men's golf team opens its spring campaign with a trip to Palm Desert, California for the Desert Intercollegiate. The Wildcats are among 24 teams scheduled to play the event, including Kansas and Iowa State from the Big 12. The golfers have had a four-month hiatus after a No. 2 finish at their last event in the fall and a fourth place tie for Conor Knabe.

The tennis team also travels west this weekend. They will take their three-game winning streak to Las Vegas to take on UNLV and Colorado State. The Wildcats play the Rebels today at noon followed by the match against the Rams on Saturday. Kansas State has the head-to-head advantage against both teams.

Livia Cirnu is on a hot streak in singles, having won her last five matches, and the top three singles players combined to go 9-0 last weekend.

The track team will close out the regular season of indoor competition with the K-State Open. The Wildcats will play host to Wichita State and several NAIA schools as well as a few notable unattached athletes. Former Wildcats Erik Kynard, Devin Dick and Kyle Wait will also compete against current Kansas State athletes.