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Wesley Iwundu All-Big 12 third-teamer; Dean Wade, Barry Brown All-Newcomers

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BatCats keep smashing, and tennis downs a top-50 opponent.

All-Big 12 for the most loyal player of this era.
All-Big 12 for the most loyal player of this era.
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Every once in awhile, an athlete will do something that makes people go "Awwwwww." You know, like proposing to his girlfriend after a big game. Now, there are folks who think this is actually horrible. I wasn't really on board with that principle, but I am starting to rethink my position. Why, you ask? Well, let's just say that it's not so endearing and precious when it happens after his team beats YOUR team.

Anyway. Don't miss today's stroll through Championship Week, okay?

Big 12 Award time. Wesley Iwundu was named to the All-Big 12 Defensive team, and also earned All-Big 12 third team honors. Two Wildcats were tapped for the All-Newcomer team: Barry Brown and Dean Wade. Here's the full list:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
COACH OF THE YEAR Tubby Smith, Texas Tech
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Prince Ibeh, Texas
SIXTH MAN AWARD Jaysean Paige, West Virginia
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Deonte Burton, Iowa State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Juwan Evans, Oklahoma State
FIRST TEAM
PLAYER SCHOOL POS
Perry Ellis Kansas F
Buddy Hield Oklahoma G
Georges Niang Iowa State F
Taurean Prince Baylor F
Isaiah Taylor Texas G
SECOND TEAM
PLAYER SCHOOL POS
Frank Mason III Kansas G
Monte Morris Iowa State G
Jaysean Paige West Virginia G
Wayne Selden, Jr. Kansas G
Devin Williams West Virginia G
THIRD TEAM
PLAYER SCHOOL POS
Isaiah Cousins Oklahoma G
Rico Gathers Baylor F
Wesley Iwundu Kansas State F
Johnathan Motley Baylor F
Ryan Spangler Oklahoma F
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
PLAYER SCHOOL POS
Jevon Carter West Virginia G
Devonte' Graham Kansas G
Prince Ibeh Texas C
Wesley Iwundu Kansas State F
Khadeem Lattin Oklahoma F
Frank Mason III Kansas G
ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
PLAYER SCHOOL POS
Barry Brown Kansas State G
Deonte Burton Iowa State G
Eric Davis Jr. Texas G
Jawun Evans Oklahoma State G
Kerwin Roach Jr. Texas G
Dean Wade Kansas State F

For the fourth game in a row, the BatCats (7-4) rolled over the odometer as they pounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-11) 13-8 at Tointon. Jake Wodtke was 2-3 with 3 RBI, giving him a 15 on the season -- already a career high. It was not a stellar outing for starter Levi MaVorhis, who gave up six runs in less than four innings. Colton Kalmus got the win in relief.

The Wildcats scored 46 runs in the series, their highest total in a three-gamer since 2005. It's important not to make much of this, however, as UAPB is a really horrible team. Still, wins are wins. The Cats will go for their next one at home on Wednesday against Creighton.

It was tight, and the doubles point was crucial, but K-State notched a home win over a ranked opponent Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 win over #50 SMU (8-4). With the doubles point in hand, K-State (7-4) got singles wins from Ana Garcia Navas, Millie Stretton, and Livia Cirnu, the latter sealing the deal. Thursday afternoon at 3:00 the Cats begin the conference schedule, hosting Baylor (4-9).