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Baseball back in action this afternoon!

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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We all know what happened last night, but what didn’t happen last night may yet still happen in the near future, and it’s pretty obvious what needs to happen at this point (TB).

The Wildcats below a 14-point first-half lead, and by the end the players looked just as distraught and rudderless as the fans. Wesley Iwundu did have near double-double with 21 points (career-high 14-17 at the free throw line) and 9 rebounds, but D.J. Johnson, who scored the game’s first five points and appeared poised to light-up the interior of the Oklahoma State defense, ended the night with only seven.

With the 80-68 home loss, the Cats have now pushed their home losing streak to four, which is the longest stretch at Bramlage since 2000 (Robinett, Eagle). Gone is the “DOOM” from the Octagon, and Bramlage is no longer to stronghold for K-State basketball that it had been for the better part of a decade, and the players don’t treat it as their “m-effing house” anymore (oh Jacob Pullen...).

K-State Sports has their official recap too.

Baseball

In much happier news, the 3-1 BatCats are back in action this afternoon. They will face 3-1 South Carolina in Columbia, SC today at 3:00pm CT, before making a short trip to Lexington, SC for weekend series against St. John’s (Friday) and Liberty (Sat/Sun). South Carolina is currently ranked as high as #4 in the country (by D1baseball.com), and return seven starters and 15 pitchers from a squad that finished second in the SEC and advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament last year. South Carolina will also be familiar to Royals fans as the college home of Whit Merrifield.

Football

In the lead-up to the much-anticipated 2017 football season, K-State Sports has announced ticket options for the 2017 football season, including a change to the selection process allowing current season ticket holders (those from 2016) the ability to change seats the first day tickets go on sale, March 1st, among any that were available at the end of last season.

Other

Three cases of the mumps were reported in the 21 days since January from K-State students, which is enough to use the word “outbreak” in describing the situation. All three students live off campus, but K-State is asking any student with symptoms to get checked out at Lafene Health Center.