Three teams. Three days. Three big deals. Let’s take them in order, shall we?
Although it wasn’t easy, the Wildcats not only remain unbeaten but gathered the pelt of a ranked opponent last night with an 71-66 win over the 23rd-ranked Auburn Tigers at Bramlage in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Our own Greg Woods has the story, because he is awesome.
Of course, because the game involved a ranked team against an unbeaten team, there’s a ton of other coverage to share: Bentley Leonard at SB Nation’s Swish Appeal, Maria McIlwain at the Opelika-Auburn News, Riley Gates at the Capital-Journal, and an AP report at the Eagle.
Tonight’s the big night, as the Wildcats host the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship at Bramlage. At 5:00 p.m., the Ohio State Buckeyes (20-12, 10-10 B1G) take on the Missouri State Bears (28-6, 16-2 MVC); afterward, the 14th-seeded Volleycats (20-9, 9-7 B12) will meet the Bison of Lipscomb University (22-7, 12-2 ASun).
Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN3 (OSU/MSU — KSU/Lipscomb) with Mitch Fortner and former Cat Liz Wegner-Busch on the call; audio will be available on KMAN and at the official site with Rob Voelker. Your favorite new staff member previewed the match yesterday, and as far as the early match we’ll just drop this piece of info: Missouri State actually leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 4-2. Could be interesting.
Previews: Kellis Robinett’s three-minute preview at the Star, where Kellis — who has correctly predicted the winner of all 11 Wildcat contests — picks K-State by four; Grant McGalliard at the Dallas Morning News, on the other hand, is calling for a ten-point Frog win. Homer.
Be on the lookout in less than an hour as TB will Kick the Tires one final time. Well, not final final. He’s not going anywhere. As far as we know.
Meanwhile, Robinett also has the story on K-State’s potential bowl destination, specifically a probable trip to Houston should they prevail tomorrow... with the opponent quite likely to be Texas A&M. Yeah, that’d be fun. There are some other interesting possibilities should the Cats lose, including maybe Boise State in the Cactus Bowl.