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K-State Slate: 2.23.15 - At Least the Oscars Were Fun

Now we have to deal with Kansas.

Hate all you want, but this is what winning looks like.
Hate all you want, but this is what winning looks like.
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Normally, I open this space with an editorial comment. I still am, but today it's brief and it's got nothing to do with sports. You can cope. We saw something amazing last night, and we're so jaded as a society that the amazement lasted for only about 12 seconds before we moved on to making fun of the next pratfall. But mark my words: Stefani Germanotta just turned the corner from "weird alternative pop star" to "legitimate diva", and I don't mean in the narcissistic sense. That girl can sing. Period. And last night felt for all the world like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.

Tonight is Big Monday at Bramlage against the Jayhawks. We'll have your How to Watch shortly.

Saturday, K-State scored 18 field goals. Last night for the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had 17 assists. Chew on that.

The Capital-Journal's Jesse Newell reports that Bill Self is a little worried, because he thinks the Jayhawks may be walking into a cage with a large, angry, injured feline tonight. Meanwhile, Tom Keegan at the Lawrence Journal-World thinks the Cats are going to be fired up tonight, and in a Q&A with the Collegian's Tate Steinlage, the Star's Rustin Dodd thinks it's going to be a close game. It's a sure sign of our discontent that the KU beat writers are more optimistic about K-State's chances than we are.

In the last edition of the Bubble Watch, ESPN's Eamon Brennan went on at length about how -- while not on the bubble at the moment -- K-State's candidacy was at least a compelling story. Three days later, neither the NIT Bracket Project nor Big Apple Sports even has the Wildcats in the NIT field. The former has South Carolina in, though. Excited yet?

David Ubben's power rankings: once again, the only change is two top-half teams flipping spots.

Jon Rothstein at CBS takes a look at some potential NCAA bracket busters, including two Big 12 teams.

Finally, just to give you all something other than Bruce Weber to be mad about, here's Mike Norris at Fansided's Through the Phog with a treatise on how awesome KU's athletic department is... complete with a shot at K-State, because they care about us more than we care about them.

SI's Andy Staples reports that a lot of offensively-minded coaches are up in arms over the proposed one-yard downfield rule, arguing that maybe enforcing the three-yard rule would be more logical.

Another Fansided piece: Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks is high on Tyler Lockett after his performance Saturday, but has him pegged as a third- or fourth-round pick.

K-State ended up splitting their four games against the Pac-12 and return home with a .500 record after absolutely thrashing Washington State yesterday. The Wildcats got their first home run of the season -- a three-run blast from Tyler Moore in the sixth inning -- on their way to a 12-3 rout. It was the only game of the weekend for the BatCats which was decided by more than a run, following the weekend-opening walk-off win over Utah and a pair of walk-off losses to Oregon State and Washington. That's actually a good sign in the long run.

The Big 12 took the challenge against the Pac 12 10-6, with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon State finishing at 3-1, Kansas and Washington State joining K-State at 2-2, Washington at 1-3, and Utah at 0-4. Not part of the challenge but still relevant: TCU took two of three games at Arizona State, although Oklahoma lost their one-off against the Sun Devils the evening prior to the showdown's commencement. In other three-game Big 12 series over the weekend, Texas Tech swept Northern Illinois, Texas swept Minnesota, Baylor took two of three from Kent State, and West Virginia lost two of three to Georgia Southern.

The men finished fourth, 18 strokes back of TCU but five strokes ahead of second-ranked Oregon, at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif. Individually, Seth Smith finished tied for fifth at three under, 8 strokes off the lead; Matt Green finished with an even-par 216, tied for eighth.

After two rounds at the Vistas in Peoria, Ariz., the women are not having quite so wonderful a time. They're 20 over par and tied for 11th at the 15-team Westbrook Invitational, 28 strokes behind leaders Tennessee. Olivia Eliasson is the top Wildcat, tied for 32nd at four over; that's eight shots off the lead.