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It’s a busy weekend for K-State hoops

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Previously...

There is real live college football on the TV dial today. Jon Morse brings you the Week 15 TV/streaming schedule. Highlights include the Battle of the Dakotas when North Dakota State and South Dakota State face off in an FCS playoff quarterfinal game, the DIII playoff semifinal pitting Mount Union against undefeated Mary Hardin-Baylor, and of course, the annual Army-Navy game.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team will tip off against Washington State in Kansas City tonight at 7 PM. The game will be available for streaming on ESPN3 as well as KStateHD.tv. The Cougars are 5-4 on the season and not looking like a great team at this point.

Kansas State, on the other hand, is 8-1 so far in 2016, and the improved play of Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes is at least partially the reason for the Wildcats’ hot start. Stokes lost his freshman season to injury, but now has a better grasp of the offense and is growing into the role of a point guard (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

For his part, Wade is trying to improve his focus. Specifically, he’s trying to work on more than just scoring a lot of points. By changing gears, he’s improved in his defense, rebounding, and in sharing the ball, and this has led to Wade making more buckets and scoring more points (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

The women’s team is getting ready for an altogether different type of challenge. The Wildcats will take on top-ranked UConn tomorrow at 1 PM in Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on FS1.

The Huskies are currently undefeated as they’ve been since November 23, 2014 when the current streak of 83 wins began with a defeat of Creighton. It’s the second-longest winning streak in history.

Kansas State is currently 0-10 against top-ranked teams and 0-3 at home.

Football

There isn’t a whole lot of football news as the team gears up for the Texas Bowl against former conference foe Texas A&M. For Bill Snyder, the only A&M game he can remember is the one none of us really want to think about anymore: the 1998 Big 12 Championship game. If his memories are painful, it must be just as bad for Michael Bishop, who now coaches high school football in the Houston area and met up with his former coach at the Texas Bowl press conference (Robinett, Eagle).

In his weekly Q&A, Kellis Robinett predicts a bright future for the football team, even beyond the bowl game. Also, he’s pretty sure the Wildcats’ NFL streak will continue in 2017.

Track

The Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon was held at Ahearn Field House yesterday. Max Estill took home the men’s title, and for the women, first-time pentathlete Nina Schultz was the winner, and teammate Ariel Okorie finished second.

The Wildcats are back in action today for the K-State Winter Invitational. Events begin at 11 AM and you can follow along by tracking the #KStateTF hashtag on Twitter.

Miscellany

Twenty three Kansas State student-athletes graduated this fall, including seven academic all-Big 12 selections. The school continues to lead the Big 12 in APR scores in football, men’s golf and women’s cross-country.

Congratulations to Corey Fisher, Jordan Floyd, Levi MaVorhis, Danielle Kemper, Katelyn Pryor, Deante Burton, Nate Guidry, Austin Katsorelos, Jason Lierz, Logan O’Dea, Dayton Valentine, Vernon Vaughn, Jordan Willis, Reinis Kregers, Ifeanyi Otuonye, Dane Steen, Noelle Dykmann, Kersten Kober, Katie Reininger, Scotland Preston, Alyssa Kelly, Paige Kochuyt, and Shannon Parr.

The hunting enthusiasts here will enjoy this article on Kansas State punter Nick Walsh and his long, not-so-lonely quest to bag a 21-point buck. He’s been waiting four years for a shot at the lengendary deer he nicknamed Stickers, and this time, thanks to an assist from teammate Matthew McCrane, he finally made the perfect one-shot kill (Michael Pearce, Eagle).