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K-State Slate: 4.17.15 - Thank goodness it's football

The basketball team just makes us sad, so we're not talking about them anymore!

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

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Dalvin Warmack gets some love in this Big 12 preview capsule, and there's some riffing on Kansas State's spring game venue, Sporting Park (David Ubben, FOXSports).

Bill Snyder uses a whole lot of words to say not much of anything, but the take-home message here is that the offense has made some progress and that Snyder is not a particularly patient man (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

Jake Trotter (ESPNblog) had  this Q&A session with our own Morgan Burns, who has some very interesting insight into the quarterback battle. According to Burns, Jesse Ertz is the runner, Joe Hubener is the passer and Alex Delton may be the most mature freshman to ever play for Bill Snyder. Exciting times, purple people, exciting times!

Trotter also provides some pictorial details of the construction at Vanier, which is moving along apace. Snyder's new office has the best view, by the way.

The first pitch for today's baseball game against No. 19 Texas Tech has been moved up to 3 PM, thanks to possible thunderstorms and rains in the forecast in Manhattan for tonight. Fans unable to attend because of the change in time can redeem their tickets at any other game this season.

This three-game series against Texas Tech will wrap up the BatCats' long homestand. The Red Raiders won the last meeting between the teams last season. Right-hander Colton Kalmus will get the start. The BatCats have won four of the last five, including series wins over TCU and Wichita State.

Kansas State has advanced past SMU to the next round of the NCEA National Championships in Waco, Texas. The team beat the aptly-named Mustangs by winning 6-2 in Hunt Seat and 4-3 in Western, along with a 3-1 victory in horsemanship. SMU had taken the early lead by winning in Reining 2-1, and the teams tied in the final event of Equitation in the Flat.

The sets up a showdown with No. 1 Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Championships. In their only meeting earlier this year, Georgia won easily 14-4.

Kansas State's netters will wrap up their regular season this weekend with road matches against No. 31 Texas (Friday) and No. 9 Baylor (Sunday).  The Longhorns have been inconsistent this season, 7-10 on the season and 4-3 in the Big 12, but Baylor is a powerhouse featuring five players ranked in the Top 125 of the singles rankings. The Bears are 20-6 on the year, and a 6-1 mark in Big 12 play.

After this weekend, the tennis team will prepare for the Big 12 Championships to be held in Waco starting April 23.

At the 88th Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas State athletes registered a pair of strong finishes in multi-events. Adam Deterding, who finished sixth in the Big 12 last year, set a personal best score of 6,795 in the decathlon. He did particularly well in the long jump (2nd), 1500m (2nd; sixth-fastest time in school history) and in the 110m hurdles (1st).

Not to be outdone, Sarah Kolmer took second place in the heptathlon event, with 5,004 points, although this was more than 700 points off the first place, taken by Kansas' Lindsay Vollmer. Kolmer took 2nd place in the 200m as well as the shot put, and had a strong showing in the 100m hurdles and the long jump. Teammate Joslyn Barnes finished in fifth place.

For those of you who love things that go viral on the internet and are jonesing for Friday morning puzzler action, here's the Singapore math problem that has stumped the Internet: When is Cheryl's Birthday?

(The only correct answer is "who cares?", for what it's worth).