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NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas State takes on Iowa State today at Bramlage Coliseum. Tipoff is at noon, and the game is on ESPNU with streaming on WatchESPN/ESPN3. Luke Sobba has all the important details in the How To Watch post.

This is the first of two home games for the Wildcats, who have done better on the road (4-3) this season than at Bramlage (3-3) in league play. The Wildcats are coming off a comprehensive mid-week 82-72 win over Oklahoma State. Four Wildcats were in double figures in the game, and Barry Brown had a game-high 25 points.

Kansas State will look to sweep the series against the Cyclones this season, having won the first game 91-75 at Hilton Coliseum back in December. Iowa State comes into the game off an 83-77 loss to #13 Kansas, and has lost three of the last four games. The Cyclones are 4-9 in the Big 12 so far, and it’s safe to say the season has not met expectations in Ames.

For more perspective on this game, tune in to the latest episode of Bring on the PodCats where Luke Thompson chats with Levi Stevenson, the managing editor of Wide Right Natty Lite.

The women are in Fort Worth today for a matchup with TCU. The game is set for 2 PM and will be available on FOXSports Southwest and on the radio via the K-State Sports Network.

The Wildcats are coming off a 76-54 loss to #6 Texas last weekend and did not play a game mid-week. It was Kansas State’s 10th game against a ranked opponent this season, and the 22nd such game in the last two seasons. The Wildcats are 6-16 against ranked teams in that stretch and have beaten at least one ranked team for 12 straight seasons.

TCU is also coming off a loss. The Horned Frogs lost at home to Iowa State 66-63 on Wednesday, the team’s fourth consecutive loss.

Look for the scoring tandem of Kayla Goth and Peyton Williams to make the difference in this game. The two players have combined to score over 45% of all of Kansas State’s points this season, and over 50% in Big 12 play. Goth averages 16.4 ppg while Williams is at 13.8 ppg. Both players’ scoring average has improved by over 10 points from last season.

Baseball

Opening the season in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kansas State was not able to pull off a win over #17 South Alabama and lost 12-5.

Starter Kasey Ford struck out eight South Alabama batters, TJ McWhertor had a homerun, and the BatCats held a 5-4 lead through five innings. But South Alabama stormed back with eight straight runs (four each in the sixth and seventh innings) to put the game away.

Right now, Kansas State is taking on Indiana. Gabe Littlejim is making his Wildcat debut on the mound.

Track and Field

With only some athletes in competition, Kansas State put on a strong showing at the Nebraska Tune-Up in Lincoln.

Weight throwers Helene Ingvaldsen and Mitch Dixon continued their winning ways, with both winning their respective events. Dixon remains undefeated in competition this season. His throw at this event was the best mark by a collegian, although he was beaten by Olympian AJ Kruger.

Brett Neely won the shot put event, while teammate Kyle Mitchell placed third overall with a new personal best mark.

Cara Melgares broke the five-minute mark and finished second in the mile run, while teammate Victoria Robinson also took second in the 800m race.

The women’s 4x400 team of Lauren Taubert, Akia Guerrier, Keiteyana Parks, and Ranae McKenzie took first in the event, while the men’s 4x400 squad finished second.

The Wildcats will compete at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa from February 23-24. Last season, both Kansas State teams finished sixth.