You win some, you lose some. But when you overreact and make a disproportionate decision, everyone loses.
If you're anything like me, you were pretty surprised when Kansas State beat Kansas nearly a week ago, and then utterly shocked when they managed to sustain the effort and win again, this time against Iowa State. The Wildcats, in a sudden show of consistency, leadership and effort, came back from a huge first-half deficit to win the game, 70-69. TheBigE recaps the game: Kansas State 70, (12) Iowa State 69.
The second half was keyed by the efforts of players coming off the bench, with Justin Edwards and Nigel Johnson contributing. But it was this play from Wesley Iwundu that sealed the deal, and yes, you must watch it again and again.
As is only fitting on Senior Day, four-year players Nino Williams and Thomas Gipson came on strong in the second half, keying the late game heroics that ended with the fabulous Iwundu play above.
It all leaves you wondering how great a season this could have been.
The women had far less to celebrate last night. The Wildcats' shot ice cold and paid for it, losing to TCU 67-47.
Shooting just 30 percent from the field, the team could not get anything going against an unexpectedly strong effort (6-of-8) beyond the arc from TCU. No Wildcat players were in the double digits, going just 9-of-27 in the second half.
Up next, the team returns to Manhattan to take on West Virginia Tuesday night in the last game of the regular season.
They started strong, but despite a career-high eight strikeouts from sophomore pitcher Nate Griep, the BatCats lost the series opener to Cal 4-2. A great effort from Cal pitcher Daulton Jeffries led to just one run for Kansas State off six hits and a walk. For the Wildcats, Carter Yagi and Danny Krause had a run each and three hits.
Kansas State will take on the Bears in the second game today at 1 PM. Here's Jon Morse's How to Follow/Listen post for all the important game details.
After leading the field for much of the meet, the women's track team used a strong effort in individual events to finish second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The event was won by Texas, with just a 4.5 lead over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats' Akela Jones was the high scorer of the event, and the team totaled 132.50 points, their best tally ever and their highest finish in the Big 12 era.
Our own Luke Thompson has an extended write-up of the Wildcats' successful outing here.