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Men’s basketball in action tonight, plus some news from around the spring sports.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball

If you haven’t heard, there’s a basketball game tonight. Jon will have all your How to Watch needs a little later today, plus we’ll have our regular game thread if you are watching or listening to your Kansas State Wildcats in action tonight.

This one is important (aren’t they all?), a win keeps the Wildcats on the right side of the bubble and all alone in fourth place in the conference. A loss would drop the Cats into a 4-way tie with OU, Baylor, and Okie State, and would keep the Wildcats moving towards to wrong side of the bubble. For an early preview of the game, hop over to Cowboys Ride For Free where Dustin Ragusa has a look from the “brightest” orange side.

For his part, Bruce Weber is confident that his squad is still in a good spot for NCAA Tournament selection, thanks in large part to the quality and depth of the Big 12 (Robinett, Eagle).

Men’s Golf

The K-State golf team kicked off their 2018 spring campaign with a bang, with four players finishing in the top seven following the final round of the USA Individual Tournament on Tuesday at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, AL. K-State’s best performance came from sophomore Ben Fernandez, who finished in a tie for fourth with an even-par mark of 213 for the tournament. While the whole team competed, this was an “individual” event and no team scores were counted. K-State’s first team event comes in a little over a week, where they will compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, FL.

Track & Field

After her near-record-breaking performance in the pentathlon last weekend, Nina Schultz is definitely in the spotlight. Her 4,502 points were good enough for second-best in K-State history, seventh-highest in NCAA indoor history, and broke her own U20 Canadian National Record that she set last year while placing 3rd at last season’s NCAA Indoor Championships. In today’s post, K-State Sports Extra sat down with Schultz as she takes a week off to talk about her performance, the Olympics, and what’s changed since last year.