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The only action involving Wildcats again turns out poorly. But some very good news arrived as well.

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At little light today as the final touches have been put on the K-State football season, and the basketball teams not providing any sort of excitement.

JeffP dropped his wonderful (well, it's visually pleasing, what it represents sure isn't) Visual Box Score of the Cats' game in Austin. It shows a similar trend we've seen with this young squad in big games of getting a lead in the second half, but not actually being able to put the game away.

Also, if you haven't yet (and even if you have), you need to check out Eric Rubottom and Curtis Kitchen's Scouting Report (#2indepth4u) of our very own Wildcats.

Apparently, as the K-State Women have decided to mirror the men, at least record-wise. After a very promising non-con with the only loss coming to defending National Champions UConn in Connecticut, the Lady Cats were looking forward to hitting the Big 12 hard. And they did, except that the conference apparently turned into a very sturdy wall. The Cats started the year 10-1, but have lost their first three games in Big 12 play, two at home, to fall to 10-4. Last night's game against West Virginia was brutal, as the Mountaineers held the Cats at arms length all night, by shooting 54% to the Cats 29%, and cruised to a 19 point victory. The Cats return to action Sunday afternoon in Norman to face (17/19) Oklahoma.

The USTFCCCA Preseason Polls are out, and the K-State women earned a 4th-place ranking, highest ever for the Wildcat women. The Cats are just behind fellow Big 12 member Texas, and both are also joined by Baylor at 11th. The Men, no slouches themselves, earned a 20th-place ranking after finishing the 2015 season unranked. There are more Big 12 teams ranked for the Men, as the Cats are joined by UT (2), TCU (7), OSU (16), and TTU (17).