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The Wildcat women tip off at 10:30 AM in Norman, plus some lingering thoughts from Monday

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Baylor vs Kansas State
Goth and Williams are the power duo for K-State this season
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Not a lot out there today, so lets just jump right in to the important stuff.

Women’s Basketball

It’s pretty rare for a college basketball game to be played before 11AM CST in this part of the country. Those games usually happen on Saturday’s to fill up another TV time slot. What almost never happens is a 10:30 AM game on a weekday, especially once classes are already back in session. But that’s exactly what’s happening today in Norman.

As part of “Sooner Junior Fan Field Trip Day” in Norman, the K-State at Oklahoma game today will tip off at 10:30 AM CST from the Lloyd Noble Center. This is apparently a regularly scheduled event for OU, set early so that area students can catch the full game and still have time for lunch afterwards. For it’s part, the Mittie Cats are excited about playing early, and feel like they should have a bit of an advantage because they’ve had morning practice all semester. The Wildcats are being led this season by junior guard Kayla Goth and sophomore forward Peyton Williams, who are combining for nearly half of the Wildcats average point total this season.

If you live in the poor desolate wastes great state of Oklahoma, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Oklahoma with Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) on the call. Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and WBB SID Randy Peterson (analyst) will have the call on the K-State Sports Network, which will be heard on select stations in Kansas as well as for free online at www.kstatesports.com/watch.

Men’s Basketball

Kellis Robinett, via the Wichita Eagle, dropped in yesterday with his lingering thoughts from Monday’s 70-56 loss to Kansas. Bruce wants more from Xavier Sneed, specifically to do something else if the three-point shot isn’t falling — I think we can all agree that’s a good course of action.

Sam Mellinger talked about the big Monday game in his weekly Minutes, and KU and K-State appear to be headed in different directions yet again. There’s also some news in there about a professional football team that is now old news...

Other

It’s not directly related to K-State, but the Big 12 Conference is behind a proposal to radically change transfer rules for college athletes, Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports reports. The Big 12’s proposal, which can be read in full here (PDF), calls for the following changes (directly pulled from the draft):

  • Student-athletes may transfer to the institution of their choice, and they never need the permission of the original institution to transfer.
  • All student-athletes are immediately eligible for aid and practice after transfer.
  • Student-athletes may transfer once without losing a season of competition.
  • Student-athletes who transfer after a head coaching change or the imposition of a limit on post-season competition are eligible immediately.
  • Student-athletes who are walk-ons or graduates are eligible immediately after transfer.
  • Student-athletes who transfer may continue to take advantage of other existing exceptions to the year in residence requirement.

The proposal also applies equally across all sports sanctioned by the NCAA. Currently, only five sports (baseball, hockey, football, and men’s and women’s basketball) fall under the NCAA’s current transfer restrictions; so a volleyball athlete or wrestler does not currently operate by the same rules as a baseball player.

It will be interesting to see how coaches respond to this proposal.