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SLATE: Kansas State Friday Potpourri

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We’ve got basketball, football, track, and even baseball stuff today.

The DeLoss Dodds Invitational starts today. Ignore that horned beef icon.
The DeLoss Dodds Invitational starts today. Ignore that horned beef icon.
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Santana and Michelle Branch describe today’s Slate perfectly: a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

Track and Field

Today’s big event in Manhattan is the opening day of the two-day DeLoss Dodds Invitational at Ahearn. The bulk of the competition will come from Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Baptist, and Washburn. Today’s action will start at 10:00 am with the combined events, meaning a chance to see the all-star pentathlon trio of Nina Schulz, Ariel Okorie, and Lauren Taubert in their first action since early December.

Men’s Basketball

Luke Thompson’s been a busy boy. On this week’s Bring on the PodCats, Luke and Eric chat with Bart Keeler of The Smoking Musket about tomorrow’s little tiff against West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, and Luke also runs down the current state of K-State’s NCAA hopes in this week’s Tournament Thursday.

In other bracketology news, CBS’s Jerry Palm has K-State in this week’s Confidence Index, explaining that while there’s work to be done, it’s eminently do-able.

Finally, Bruce Weber’s thoughts on Kamau Stokes and his recovery:

Women’s Basketball

Shortly after the men wrap things up against West Virginia tomorrow, the women will host Iowa State for Pack the House Day. Everything’s a dollar — tickets, concession items, the whole ball of wax.

Although it’s not a K-State item, we’ll never pass up the opportunity to report on news concerning former Claflin great Jackie Stiles. Via ESPN, the Associated Press reports on a fundraising drive on the part of students at Central Plains High School to raise money to help Stiles, who is undergoing surgery today to attack a rare form of eye cancer. They’re after $35,000, and as of this writing they’re over $27K. The donation page is here, and if you can’t donate you can still share on Facebook or Twitter and help.

Football

Also not directly related to K-State, but important news nonetheless as reported by Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: former TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Kolby Listenbee is suing TCU, Gary Patterson, and the Big 12, claiming harassment and abuse. Former TCU and current Kansas Jayhawks offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is also named in the suit.

Baseball

The Big 12 preseason baseball poll is out. Texas Tech is on top. The BatCats, umm, are decidedly not. We’re just two weeks away from the start of the season, so get those teeth-gritting and gluteus-clenching muscles in competition fitness, kids.