It’s that time of the year again, so that means it’s time for the annual BotC Bracket Challenge! Make sure you head on over and sign up to have some fun with your fellow BotCers and for your chance at bragging rights for the next year.
The Wildcat tennis squad may just be the best team at K-State right now. Seriously. The No. 40 Wildcats picked up another big win yesterday as they survived a late comeback attempt by the No. 28 Baylor Bears to open the Big 12 slate with a victory. The match came down to freshman Margot Decker, playing No. 1 singles in her first Big 12 match, who needed a comeback of her own to pick up the winning point for the Cats. With the victory, the Cats are now 10-3 (1-0 Big 12) on the season and continue their best start to a season since 2010-11. This Sunday, March 18th, the Wildcats will host a double-header with Texas and Missouri State at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, so if you are in Manhattan this weekend you should stop by and check this team out (and it’s supposed to be nice).
After a strong weekend series win against Mercer, the BatCats came back down to Earth against the Creighton Bluejays, falling 13-3 Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium. Creighton picked up an early 2-1 lead, and the Cats tied it 2-2 in the 3rd, but the Bluejays’ bats caught fire and Creighton put up three runs in the 4th, one in the 5th, three in the 6th, and four in the 7th to put the Cats to bed. K-State put one across in the 8th, but it just was not the Wildcats day. The loss went to K-State starter Quinton Potter, who gave up four runs in 3.1 innings, but the real loss can be chalked up to the Wildcat bullpen that continues to struggle in 2018, as well as some defensive miscues that led to four Wildcat errors.
It wasn’t all bad news for K-State as sophomore Will Brennan extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a double in the first, and rookie sensation Drew Mount (aka Mount Crushmore) had two hits on the night.
The BatCats are back in action with another tough series as the host College of Charleston. Due to expected weather in the area on Friday night, the opening game has been moved up to 3:00pm. All three games should be available on ESPN3/KStateHD.TV as well as over the air on KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) in Manhattan..
K-State football hosted its annual Pro Day yesterday. Media is not allowed at the event, which is held so that Wildcat football players can get in front of scouts, but K-State did release some photos (tweet 1; tweet 2; tweet 3) from the event. But even with media not there, some information still leaked out. Notably:
K-State WR Byron Pringle ripped it up at his pro day today. Ran blazing 40 times of 4.32 and 4.38. Is also working out out for the Chiefs tomorrow, per a source.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 13, 2018
If verified, the 4.32 would be better that any time run by a wide receiver at the NFL Combine this year.
In some sad news, the Green Bay Packers have announced that they have released All Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson is currently No. 2 in franchise history in TD receptions, No. 3 in receptions and 100-yd receiving games, and No. 5 in receiving yards. Understandably, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers was more than a little saddened by the news of losing his favorite target, “white lightning”.
Even though Kamau Stokes is still struggling after being injured earlier this season, Bruce Weber is not ready to give up on his junior point guard. However, Weber says that he’s not afraid to play freshman Mike McGuirl in the NCAA Tournament if needed, especially after McGuirl’s showing against KU in the Big 12 Tournament.