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SLATE: Your Supervillian Kansas State Wildcats

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These two are going to be a problem.
These two are going to be a problem.
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To the surprise of nobody whatsoever, the historic significance of tonight’s second-round game between K-State and UMBC has not been lost upon the media. As a result, we’ve got a ton of links for you to wade through today, and we’re going to dive right in, but first:

Today’s Slate was prepared at 2:00am, so if you see any interesting early morning stories which we missed due to early prep, please do share in the comments.

Local media:

  • In a really entertaining piece in which you’ll get to know the Retrievers pretty well, the Star’s Vahe Gregorian examines the mental state of both K-State and UMBC heading into tonight’s game.
  • At the Star and Eagle, Kellis Robinett reports that in a surprising turn of events, Bruce Weber was apparently prepared for UMBC, but UMBC knows diddly about K-State.
  • Robinett also zoomed in on K-State’s sudden role as the Disney villain out to destroy all that is wonderful.
  • Robinett previews tonight’s game, with added predictions from Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff. They’re all in agreement: it won’t be a blowout, but the Cats will survive the weekend.
  • At the Capital-Journal, special correspondent David Smale checks in on Dean Wade, who may still be unavailable tonight. Of course, that may be a good thing given the matchup.

Baltimore media:

National media:

Women’s Basketball

The women also play tonight, but pretty much everyone is just going to have to settle for finding out what happened later. K-State (17-15, 7-11 Big 12) faces the Utah Utes (18-13, 8-10 Pac-12) at Bramlage with a 5pm tip, meaning their second-round WNIT game probably won’t even be over before the men take the floor in Charlotte — and it’s not televised anyway. You can follow along at, at least.

The teams have met six times before. Utah leads the series 4-2, 2-1 in Manhattan.


K-State (10-8, 0-0 Big 12) lost the series to College of Charleston (15-5, 0-0 Colonial) yesterday by falling 6-0. It’s the second straight shutout loss for the heretofore slugging Cats. The series concludes today with the first pitch at noon.