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I bet you’re jealous now.

Ahh, white sand, blue surf, the sweet sweet tropical warmth of somewhere other than the American Midwest in November...
Ahh, white sand, blue surf, the sweet sweet tropical warmth of somewhere other than the American Midwest in November...
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The Wildcats are living it up in a tropical paradise, and you’re not (presumably). Tonight at around 6:30 CT, K-State will get down to the business of dealing with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in their opening game at the Paradise Jam on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie. Unfortunately, watching the game might be a bit of a chore as it’s only available via FloHoops.com, which is a subscription service.

Missouri takes on Kennesaw State at noon today, followed by Oregon State and Old Dominion. The evening session kicks off with Northern Iowa facing Pennsylvania before K-State takes the floor. Should the Cats win, they get tomorrow off and save us all the trouble of grumbling about a loser’s bracket game tipping off in the middle of the K-State/Texas Tech game tomorrow afternoon.

At the Eagle, Kellis Robinett previews the game and predicts a fairly easy win for the Cats, poor distance shooting notwithstanding, and also reports that the team won’t be satisfied with anything less than winning the tournament. Ricki Barker of the Richmond (Ky.) Register also previews from the EKU side.

The women will also be at it tonight, tipping off at Bramlage just a half-hour after the men. Their opponent will be the North Texas Mean Green, who gave the Texas Longhorns all they could handle earlier in the week. Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle provides a Mean Green-colored preview, while Justin Toscano of the Mercury offers a more general story about the team’s goals.

Football

Kendall Adams, Abdul Beecham, Jeremy Collier, Dalton Harman, Matt Jones, Osvelt Joseph, Colby Moore, Zach Reuter, Dalton Risner, Duke Shelley, Justin Silmon, Sam Sizelove, Logan Stoddard, David Tullis, Eli Walker and Dalvin Warmack.

Those are the 16 Wildcats we’ll be saying farewell to tomorrow at Senior Day ceremonies, as covered by Corbin McGuire in today’s Sports Extra.

At Viva the Matadors, Zach Mason compares K-State and Texas Tech during the Kliff Kingsbury era, while Andrea Cormaglia previews the game.

Soccer

The Wagoner (Okla.) County American-Tribune, a local arm of the Tulsa World serving the southeastern exurbs of the Tulsa area, reports on Coweta High’s Kenzie Applegate signing with the Wildcats on Wednesday. Applegate is graduating in December, so she’ll get plenty of work in before next season commences.