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Basketball takes the stage as we try and ignore that other sport but can’t.

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Colorado
This is Rodney Billups. He’s Chauncey Billups’ younger brother. He’s also the head coach of the Denver Pioneers.
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The K-State men will try to rectify their three-point shooting woes tonight (Arne Green, Capital-Journal) as they again take to the floor to face the Denver Pioneers. It’s the last home game until the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as the team has a little Caribbean vacation known as the Paradise Jam to deal with. Denver is coming off a season-opening win over Maine, but has never beaten the Wildcats in four attempts.

That game will take place at 8:07pm, barring some insanity involving the women. They’ll begin their regular season at 5:30pm against Nebraska-Omaha, whose 0-4 all-time record against K-State is the same as Denver’s. Tony Boone at the Omaha World-Herald previews the contest from the Maverick perspective.

Football

Today’s big news was an investigation by GPC’s Ryan Wallace which revealed that players who transfer out of the Wildcat program aren’t getting their bowl rings. It is an unfathomably petty thing to deprive players of something which they earned (and let’s stress that word); it is also unsurprising given how the program has always been run.

Nobody was really sure if Alex Delton was going to start on Saturday, which means we were probably a decision away from John Holcombe III suddenly making his Wildcat debut. At the Mercury, Ryan Black reports on Delton’s toughness in playing through the owies.

Speaking of owies, Selby Lopez at the Dallas Morning News reports that Texas Tech starting quarterback Alan Bowman may once again be unavailable for Saturday’s tilt with the Cats. Bowman’s been plagued by a collapsed lung most of the season, but Jett Duffey has filled in adequately.

Saturday will be senior day, which means we’ll be bidding farewell to Dalton Risner, Kendall Adams, and Duke Shelley among others.

The season finale at Iowa State Cyclones on November 24 will be a night game, although the exact time and network is yet to be determined. That decision probably depends on the state of the Big 12 race after this week’s games, but it might well also on whether it is officially the final game for Bill Snyder. One option is at 7:00pm on FOX; the other alternative is 6:00pm on FS1.

Volleyball

If you attend the Texas Tech game, you may want to grab something to eat post-game and then head back to campus for another Texas Tech game. It’s Senior Night for the volleyball team as well, which means a fond farewell to Devan Fairfield, Macy Flowers, Zsofia Gyimes, Reilly Killeen, Alyssa Schultejans and (most importantly from a historical context) Kylee Zumach. That match will take place at 8:00pm at Ahearn, and as usual your football ticket means a heavily-discounted ticket to the volleyball game. Go show the ladies some respect as they ride off into the sunset.