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sLATE: K-State Focus on Offensive Balance Pays Dividends

#RealLife made us late again. But here we are.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Kansas State
Xavier Sneed’s resurgence has helped propel the Wildcats to a 3rd-place tie in the Big 12 standings.
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Real Life is getting to be a bummer. But we don’t whine here at BOTC. Fortunately, there appears to be no orbit-altering K-State sports news to report, anyway. Always best not to have news between games, don’t you think?

Men’s Basketball

K-State has been at its best when it has been balanced, and the steady (and steadily-improving) Dean Wade has led that attack consistently. Corbin McGuire at K-State Sports Extra highlights the dynamic junior from (say it in unison, now) tiny Saint John, Kansas, who flirted with a triple-double Saturday against Iowa State.

Balance may just be another way to say the offense did not rely on any one or two players to score, but was multiple and varied in its strategies of attack.

Jarrett Whitson, a Collegian sports columnist, is predicting a strong finish for Bruce Weber’s squad.

In case anyone here is unaware, at 8-6 the ‘Cats are tied with West Virginia for third in the league standings, after being predicted 8th in the preseason. They have to finish it off, obviously. But thus far the team has exceeded expectations.

Women’s Basketball

The K-State women (13-13, 5-10 Big 12) return home to face West Virginia (19-8, 7-8) Tuesday. K-State has lost 4 of 5 and 7 of 9 over the past few weeks, and must piece together enough wins to stay at .500 or above to have any chance of advancing to post-season play.


K-State completed an inauspicious 0-3 weekend to start the season with a walk-off loss to Coastal Carolina on Sunday. K-State actually outhit the 2016 NCAA champs, 13-11 on the day, but stranded 14 base-runners to the Chanticleers’ five.