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Learning to love K-State, losses and all

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How do I love thee, K-State? Let me count the ways.

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Love is not love, Which alters when it alteration finds.

Kansas State lost to Oklahoma State in overtime 58-55. In a game that can only be described as ugly, the Wildcats shot less than 40% and just 33.3% from beyond the arc. JT has your complete recap: K-State 55, Oklahoma State 58 (OT).

Despite the loss, there may still be things to love about this team. Justin Edwards led the team with 14 points and had only the second double-double of his career, while D.J. Johnson may well be the best player for the Wildcats (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

What's definitely not to love, however, is the Wildcats' apparent lack of emotion. The Cowboys had lost five of their last six games and appeared ripe for a sixth loss, but Kansas State could not seize the moment. Bruce Weber has challenged his players to show more intensity, but the team seems mostly confused at this point. Roller coaster rides are fun, but not in Big 12 basketball (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

If the state of men's basketball has left you forlorn and despondent, fear not. You can always count on the women, and especially in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas State beat Kansas 81-67 yesterday in Manhattan, in a game closer than the scoreline would suggest. The teams ran neck-and-neck for a while, but a 12-0 third quarter run and 50% shooting helped the Wildcats pull away from their in-state rivals.

Breanna Lewis led the team in scoring with 24 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Megan Deines had 15 points, while Kaylee Paige and Bri Craig had 10 points each. Kansas State now leads the all-time series 68-46.

I would not wish any companion in the world but you.

The Big 12 conference is being seriously wooed by a new Valentine. The University of Cincinnati is eager (desperate?) to join a Power 5 conference and is training its sights on the Big 12. University president Santa Ono is close to David Boren and apparently has the Oklahoma president's ear. Plus, the CEOs of Kroger and Macy's are promoting UC's cause, and--of relevance to Kansas State fans--Ono has been consulting with Jon Wefald who insists the time is right, even if Cincinnati has to take a bit of a financial haircut (Jason Williams, Cincinnati Enquirer).