The K-State men set out to win a championship at the Paradise Jam, and with a strong all-around performance last night against the Missouri Tigers, they got it done. Dean Wade led the way with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. His top running-mate, Barry Brown, added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. The best news? The team made 12-of-24 three-point attempts. If they can shoot anywhere near that percentage the rest of the year, this squad will be dangerous indeed.
Game recaps from all the usual suspects:
K-State Wildcats win Paradise Jam with 82-67 victory over Missouri (Kellis Robinett, The Eagle)
Seniors lead K-State to Paradise Jam Championship in victory over Missouri (Arne Green, Capital-Journal)
K-State Tops Missouri 82-67 to win Paradise Jam title (Ryan Black, the Mercury)
Rewind: King of the Island (Riley Gates, GoPowercat)
No. 12 K-State captures Paradise Jam Championship (K-State Athletics)
Kellis Robinett also wrote about why the Paradise Jam championship was so meaningful for seniors Dean Wade, Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes. Look for more of these Three Amigo takes as the year goes on.
You could not watch the game without subscribing to an online streaming service, but the athletic department posted a comprehensive highlight package so you can see the best plays of the game. The men’s next contest is Saturday afternoon against Lehigh.
All purple eyes now turn to Farmageddon. K-State will try to extend two streaks in Ames Saturday: One, a ten-game winning streak against our brethren of the corn, the other, a bowl-eligibility streak that stretches eight years. The Eagle has its usual game-week preview with Five Things to Know, all of which real K-State football fans knew already. The athletic department preview focuses on that all-important quest for a sixth win that would qualify the Cats for a bowl.
A couple of Wildcats made news on the awards front, as Blake Lynch picked up the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week award after connecting on all four of his field goal attempts in the win over Texas Tech. Dalton Risner, meanwhile, was named one of three finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, an award billed as the “nation’s premier award for community service.”
Kindred Wesemann, who graduated from K-State in 2017, is an assistant coach for UMKC’s women’s basketball program. When the ‘Roos played in Bramlage on Sunday, Wesemann and K-State coach Jeff Mittie reminisced about her time playing in Manhattan and what makes her the ideal candidate to one day lead a basketball program.