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Men and women both lose after giving up big leads

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball

It was not a good night to be a Wildcat basketball fan.

The K-State men, desperately needing a win to keep pace in the Big 12 and keep up hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth, did exactly what they did against Iowa State in Ames — gave up a big lead, rallied, but fell short. Barry Brown was the lone bright spot on a night the Cats looked lost and tired for most of the first half before attempting a comeback (Robinett, Eagle). But unlike the trip to Ames, the Cats were never able to pull ahead in the second half, and so this comeback fell even shorter than that one (Scott Popp, Collegian).

Also, the newest K-State president is just as displeased with the K-State students as the last one, speaking out against the expletive-led chant directed at KU (Robinett, Eagle). Meyers said he was “personally embarrassed” by the chant, and fielded calls from friends all over the country expressing their distaste.

The K-State women faced almost the exact same situation on their trip to West Virginia, and gave up a huge early lead only to try a comeback and have it fall too short. The Wildcat women were led by Kindred Wesemann’s 14 points and Kaylee Paige’s 12 points but Breanna Lewis was held to just 9 points on the evening. The Cats won the second half, until the final few minutes when WVU made 5 straight to put the game away.

Football

#Family is our thing, and nothing says that like fans being able to sign a giant “Get Well” card for Coach Snyder before the basketball game last night (KAKE News). No word on how many signatures were collected.

Contract details are out for the Wildcat’s newest full-time assistant coach (Robinett, Eagle). Collin Klein will earn $150k as his base salary, on a deal that runs through April 2019. He will be the lowest paid, and also youngest, assistant coach on the Wildcat staff, but his contract does include several performance-based bonuses.

Baseball

Baseball time is here! The Wildcat baseball team starts play tomorrow in Kissimmee, FL, opening the season at the Sunshine State Classic against Ohio State. K-State enters 2017 with 15 returning letterwinners (9 seniors), including All-Big 12 selections Jake Scudder and Josh Rolette, and 21 newcomers. Ohio State won 40 games last season, and finished second in the Louisville regional of the NCAA baseball tournament, but the Cats own a 3-1 mark all-time against the Buckeyes.