Today is mostly just your weekend guide to Wildcat sports, although there are a few bits of other news to kick off your Friday. Of special note: K-State Tennis will, to our amazement, be on television this weekend. Details below.
The ESPN Big 12 Blog’s roundtable pores over ESPN’s preseason FPI numbers for the Big 12. While they all agree that the numbers are most bogus for West Virginia, Jake Trotter is also very adamant that K-State is being woefully underrated at a 7.4 win projection, and Max Olson at least believes the Cats should be ahead of Baylor.
At the Eagle, Kellis Robinett reports on Alex Delton’s first foray into starting at quarterback as the sophomore prepares for the spring game. (Noted in the article, the answer to a question that had been a bit cloudy: Delton was, indeed, granted an injury waiver for 2015.) We’ll also get our first real look at four-star redshirt freshman Skylar Thompson, who’ll lead the second unit.
The Star’s Sam Mellinger opines on the enigma that is Bruce Weber’s employment status.
Meanwhile, Austin Peay officially introduced their new head coach, former Wildcat and South Carolina assistant Matt Figger. Aside from the obvious laudatory quote from his former boss Frank Martin, there are also comments from Brad Underwood and Doug Gottlieb. What a world.
The BatCats will attempt to remove that unsightly zero from the beginning of their conference record this weekend, but it won’t be an easy task as they head into Stillwater for three games against Oklahoma State. The season hasn’t been that kind to the Cowboys either, though; they’re only 1-5 in conference play, although their 16-6 non-conference record has them in better shape than K-State.
Tonight’s game is at 6:30pm and will air on Fox College Sports nationwide. Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at noon, games will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Track & Field
K-State’s heptathletes and decathletes, freshmen all, are in Tucson for the Jim Click Combined Events and had a good showing on day one. Nina Schultz is in first place after four events in the heptathlon, having taken first in the 100m hurdles, high jump, and 200m and second in the shot put. Lauren Taubert is in fourth place and Ariel Okorie is in sixth. Simone Fassina is the only Wildcat male participating in the decathlon, and he’s currently in second place behind Wisconsin’s Trent Nytes.
The rest of the squad is about 90 minutes north in Tempe, taking part in the Sun Angel Classic against a host of quality programs including host Arizona State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Iowa State, BYU, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and others. That event starts this morning and continues through tomorrow.
K-State (11-9, 2-2) hits the road this weekend for a pair of matches. First up, a big challenge tonight at 5:30 in Stillwater against Oklahoma State (15-4, 3-1); Sunday at noon, they’ll be in Norman to take on Oklahoma (10-6, 0-4) — and that match will actually air on Fox College Sports Central (DTV 608, Dish 451), so check it out if you have a chance.
The track team isn’t the only group of Wildcats in Tempe this weekend. At 10am, the women tee off in the PING/ASU Invitational at ASU Karsten Golf Course. Three ranked teams — Arizona, Arizona State, and Baylor — are in the field.