Yes, we lead with volleyball today, because of the big news as reported by our own Greg Woods: K-State earned a regional seed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Volleyball tournament. The Volleycats are the 14th seed, which is the equivalent of being a 4th seed in the basketball vernacular. (Due to travel costs, only the top 16 teams are seeded, and everyone else is basically sent to the closest site, with some sanity exceptions.) The Wildcats will take on Lipscomb at 7:30 Friday at Bramlage, and if they prevail there they’ll catch the Ohio State/Missouri State winner at 7pm Saturday.
The State of Kansas went three-for-three last night. KU earned the fifth overall seed (aka the top 2nd seed), and will host Samford at 6:30 on Thursday. Friday, assuming they win, the Jayhawks will meet either Northern Iowa or Creighton, who will rekindle their old Missouri Valley rivalry. Wichita State is also in. The Shockers will take on another Big 12 school as they travel to Lincoln to face TCU Friday afternoon. The winner there gets the winner of the evening match between New Hampshire and the tournament’s overall top seed, Nebraska.
Other Big 12 schools include the fourth seed Texas, who will square off with Texas-Rio Grande Valley Friday night, then presumably play on Saturday against the winner of the Texas A&M-SMU match. That’ll be fun! Baylor takes on San Diego Friday night in Los Angeles, with UCLA-Murray State as the other pairing there, while Iowa State will face Purdue in Columbia prior to host Missouri’s match against Northern Illinois.
Yes, for those of you counting, that’s nine of the 14 teams that have ever been in the Big 12 in the field of 64.
Spencer Misko, a three-star from Keller, Texas (just north of Fort Worth) has committed to K-State, per Gabe Brooks at Scout. Misko is a 6’5” 235 defensive end who originally committed to Oklahoma State before the Cowboys rescinded their offer in October. He might move to tight end in Manhattan.
For those of you who may have missed it, the Pride had a special guest on Saturday. The Star’s Pete Grathoff provides a quick intro to a video of Eric Stonestreet joining the band.
Oh, and the notorious Joe Posnanski wrote some words about Bill Snyder on the occasion of his 200th victory.