Speaking of basketball, Big 12 Tournament action on the women’s side gets underway tonight, as your Kansas State Wildcats look to continue their dominance of the rival Kansas Jayhawks and go 3-0 on the season against the ladies from the east. Tonight’s matchup tips-off at 6 p.m. CST from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, and will be available on the television on FOX College Sports Central. With a win, the Cats will likely secure a bid to the WNIT as they will be guaranteed an overall record above .500 for the 4th-straight season.
No matter who wins, it’s still a death sentence as the winner gets to face the mighty Baylor Bears in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Bears have lost just one game all season, and rolled through the Big 12 conference with a perfect 18-0 mark and are currently ranked No. 3/3 in the nation behind un-beatens UConn and Mississippi State.
Over on the men’s side, the Wildcats lone senior, walk-on Mason Schoen, will be honored at the Wildcats final home game of the season this Saturday. Schoen may not have gotten much time on the court, but he was still able to live out his dream of playing basketball for K-State.
After an eight-game road trip to open the season, the Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Tointon Family Stadium for their home opener and a series against the La Salle Explorers. The Friday game will be a bit of an early start, as game one of the series is schedule for a 3 p.m. CST first pitch. It’s Dollar Dog Friday at the park, so if you can make it out to Tointon all hotdogs are just $1 (WSL). And it’s going to be a pleasant weekend in Manhattan, with projected highs in the 60’s with sunny skies all three days of the series.
If you can’t make it out to the stadium, you can listen live on KMAN in the Manhattan area, or online at k-statesports.com. Since this is a home game, streaming video should be available at K-StateHD.TV with the audio broadcast of Matt Walters and John Kurtz.
Sophomore Kasey “Big Country” Ford takes the mound this afternoon for the Cats who will look to build off a 4-1 streak after opening the season with 3 straight losses. La Salle enters the series with an identical 4-4 record, but those four losses have come at the hands of Presbyterian and The Citadel.