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Women Get Highest Preseason Nod In Over A Decade

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And volleyball continues their slide against the Hawks

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-George Washington vs Kansas State Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Previously

With OU gameday rapidly approaching, our own PurpleBrunette took a look at the history of the modern match-up between K-State and OU, and surprisingly history is on the side of the Cats. Gracey Terrill hopped on to Facebook Live yesterday for her weekly live chat session, and of highest importance, reiterated the news that (some of) the BOTC staff will be in Norman this weekend to party and get crazy cheer on the Cats. Finally, we brought you back up to date on the football seasons K-State’s current commits are having, and we even got in-person coverage on one commit last week.

This morning, Luke Thompson spoke with Ryan Aber, the Sooner’s sports writer for The Oklahoman, for this weeks edition of the newly-titled Bring on the PodCats.

Women’s Basketball

After making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 coaches think K-State is poised to continue their upward trend. Yesterday, as announced by the conference, the Wildcat women were picked to finish 5th in the conference, their highest preseason ranking since being picked third prior to the 2004-05 season. The Cats have bested their predicted finish 14 times in the last 19 years that have included a preseason poll and a final standing. Slotted ahead of the Wildcats are: 1. Baylor, 2. Texas, 3. Oklahoma, and 4. West Virginia. KU was picked last by the coaches.

Volleyball

It has not been a pleasant few years for the VolleyCats when facing in-state rival KU, and the first edition of the Sunflower Showdown in 2016 again went the way of the birds. The #6 Hawks swept the Wildcats in Lawrence (Scott Chasen, Topeka Capital-Journal) last night to extend their win streak to four, while posting an 8-1 record over the Cats in the last nine meetings. The VolleyCats will join the football team in Norman this weekend, and will take on the Sooners at 7pm on Saturday. If you are in Norman for the football game, be sure and stick around (and stay sober enough) to go cheer on the Cats!

Football

From the Associated Press via the New York Times, Bob Stoops says he doesn’t enjoy coaching against Snyder's teams. But, as reported yesterday, if the Sooners are lacking motivation, Reggie Walker may have inadvertently given them some bulletin-board material heading into this weekend (Robinett, Eagle). But the Sooners still have to face the Big 12’s best defense, as Bret Vardeman for the Dallas Morning News points out, along with four other things for OU fans to know about K-State.

Our SBNation cousins down south also have their scouting report on the Wildcats, and wrap it up with a prediction that the Cats will fall on their face the rest of the season. However, AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta thinks the Cats, along with West Virginia, are still contenders in the wide-open Big 12.

Finally, two looks at individual Wildcats. ESPN just loves them some Jordan Willis, as Mitch Sherman posted another Q&A with the defensive end. And Kellis Robinett takes a look at Isaiah Zuber, who is delivering some bright moments for the K-State offense this season.