The name is synonymous with college basketball and the sport is poorer for having lost him. He passed away at 83, according to a press release from the University of North Carolina. A native of Emporia, Kansas, Smith coahed for 36 years and won 879 games, two national championships, and a gold medal in 1976 along with four National Coach of the Year honors. He also helped train and mentor countless players, including legendary names like Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and Billy Cunningham. His coaching tree was no less impressive, featuring the likes of Larry Brown, George Karl, and of course, Roy Williams.
Requiescat in pace, Coach.
Different day, different game, same outcome. As the losses continue to mount, it's easy to see why fans are beginning to check out just a bit. TheBigE wrote up a quick recap of the game, because nobody can stand to dwell on this misery too long: Kansas State 57, Texas 61.
Statistically, the Wildcats were not terrible. Thomas Gipson went 0-for-7 on the day and Texas dominated on the inside (Emilio Rivera, K-State Collegian). But freshman guard Tre Harris and Nino Williams (still playing on a bad knee) stepped up a bit, with Harris coming off the bench to spark the offense (John Zetmeir, Topeka Capital-Journal) and Williams scoring a team-high 13 points. But on a day when the Wildcats only made 15 field goals, it was not enough. The team is missing Marcus Foster more than anyone is willing to admit. (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle)
The women did not fare better in Norman either, as they fell just short, losing to Oklahoma 66-58. Despite the loss, Kindred Wesemann continued her hot streak with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. She was joined in double figured by Breanna Lewis who had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcats will look to bounce back in a two-game homestand at Bramlage, beginning with a game against TCU on Wednesday.
The equestrian team's losing skid continued, as the riders dropped the meet against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 13-7. The team is now 1-3 in the Big 12 and still looking for their first win since November. Up next, the TCU equestrian team visits Manhattan on February 20th.
The weekend's losing trend continued when Kansas State was defeated 4-2 by San Fransisco. Due to bad weather, the contest was reduced to just singles matches. Livia Cirnu and Amina St. Hill both won their second straight singles matches playing at the four and five spot, but the Wildcats dropped the other four matches. This is the team's fifth consecutive loss. Kansas State has a three-match homestand beginning next week, and with UMKC, Emporia State, and Missouri State slated as opponents, hopefully these ladies can start a winning streak instead.
The lone bright spot for Kansas State was the track team's performance at the Husker Invitational. Junior thrower Dani Winters was voted Most Outstanding Female Performer this weekend. She registered a personal best and school record distance of 17.45m in the shot put and dominated the event.
Winters was among ten Wildcats to register top-10 finishes at the meet. Standout performances included Laura Galvan, who finished third in the 3000m Special and Morgan Wedekind who finished fourth in the regular 3000m. Meanwhile, Sara Savatovic and Janee' Kassanavoid finished fourth and seventh respectively in the women's weight throw event.