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SLATE: Kansas State, the team everyone hates now

Reactions from K-State’s win over Cinderella UMBC, women advance in WNIT, plus baseball, tennis, and rowing

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That’s right. It’s us.
That’s right. It’s us.
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It’s a strange day here at Bring on the Cats. We’re obviously excited that the Wildcats are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and we’re anxious to start talking about Kentucky.

But the power of Good Boys cannot be denied. Had the UMBC Retrievers been playing literally anyone else, we’d all have been just as in the bag for them as the rest of the country was. So you’ll forgive us if today’s Slate actually leans heavily toward the vanquished Cinderella, a school and a team which truly won over the hearts of America.

Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster Kansas State Wildcats didn’t lose last night, though. Whew.

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Women’s Basketball

The men weren’t the only Wildcat squad to survive and advance yesterday. Peyton Williams led the way with 24 points and seven rebounds while Kayla Goth added 23 and four assists as the Cats (18-15, 7-11 Big 12) knocked off Utah (18-14, 8-10 Pac-12) 74-57 at Bramlage in the second round of the WNIT.

Goth’s four assists moved her to a tie for 11th all-time in Big 12 single-season assists, and she’s nine short of Shalee Lehning’s school record of 229. Kaylee Page joined Williams and Goth in double figures with 11 points.

The Wildcats will play in the round of 16 on Friday (which is at least not in conflict with the men’s Sweet 16 game on Thursday), again at Bramlage. Their opponent: Cal-Davis (27-6, 14-2 Big West). The Aggies have knocked off Idaho and Wyoming to get to Manhattan.


Four RBI from catcher T.K. McWhertor sparked the Batcats (11-8, 0-0 Big 12) to a 7-3 win over College of Charleston (15-6, 0-0 Colonial) yesterday, preventing the Cougars from sweeping the three game series at Tointon.

Tuesday and Wednesday, the Cats host a two-game midweek set with the Austin Peay Governors, which will amuse Luke Thompson while he waits for Kentucky.


The 40th-ranked Wildcats (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) played two on Sunday, dropping a 4-0 decision to 21st-ranked Texas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) but sweeping Missouri State (5-6, 0-0 Valley) 7-0.


The spring season started this weekend at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., as K-State took eight first place medals in 12 races at the Hornet Invitational. The Wildcats swept 1v8, 1v8, and v4 races from Saint Mary’s, beat Gonzaga in a 3v8, split four races with hosts Sacramento State, and took one of four from San Diego State.