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Kansas State baseball set to kick off 2017

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Also, ESPN concludes their spring Big 12 position rankings, and WHAT?

That’s a wrap.
IT’S TIME

Today’s Slate is sparse, yet still vitally important. Why? It’s the first day of... “spring”.

Base... ball?

That’s right, the BatCats begin the 2017 campaign at 11am this morning as they take on Ohio State at the Sunshine State Classic in Kissimmee, Florida. Tomorrow, they’ll take on Pittsburgh and Delaware in a double-header, and will wrap up their weekend with a rematch against the Buckeyes on Sunday.

Corbin McGuire previews the baseball season in today’s Sports Extra.

Women’s Basketball

K-State’s women’s basketball program, hanging on to that 24th-place ranking in the AP poll, heads to TCU on Saturday. That game will be at 3pm on FSN. They’ll be traveling heady with honors, as seven — SEVEN — members of the squad earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 recognition. Kayla Goth, Bre Lewis, Shaelyn Martin, Kaylee Page, Jessica Sheble, Kelly Thomson, and Kindred Wesemann all earned first-team nods, while Lanie Page was named to the second team. The seven first-team Wildcats comprise nearly one-fifth of the entire 39-player first-team complement.

Which, since the Big 12 has ten teams, is sort of wow. On top of that, Martin and Thomson are carrying 4.0 GPAs. They are two of the five Big 12 women’s basketball players to achieve that mark.

Men’s Basketball

The Wildcats travel to Texas tomorrow at 1pm (Longhorn Network), and apparently even kstatesports dot com doesn’t care.

Tennis

K-State visits North Texas this afternoon at 2pm, then turns around and comes back home for a Saturday morning match against Washington State.

Track and Field

The indoor regular season comes to a close today as the Wildcats host the Steve Miller Open at Ahearn. It’s basically just a tune-up for the Big 12 Championships, as the only other Division I competition in the field is a mostly-full team from Wichita State and a single athlete from Tulsa.

The remaining competition comes from a variety of Division II and NAIA schools in Kansas and Oklahoma: Fort Hays, Emporia, Washburn, Central Oklahoma, Southwestern, Friends, MidAmerica Nazarene, Benedictine, Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma City, and Saint Gregory’s. There will also be some unattached competitors, including former Wildcat Sonia Gaskin in the W600m. Alas, none of K-State’s notable former high jumpers will be appearing.

Football

ESPN has concluded their spring Big 12 position rankings, and if the average unit ranking means anything, TCU took home the top spot. But surprise, surprise: number two is your beloved Kansas State Wildcats, largely due to a second-place ranking on the defensive line (even with the graduation of Jordan Willis) and top marks in the secondary and on special teams. The prior link is just to a recap of each team’s ranking at each position; they also did a roundtable to discuss the defensive rankings specifically, just as they did with the offense last week.