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SLATE: Kansas State’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

The aftermath of a crushing end to a brilliant run.

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Here’s hoping Mike McGuirl gets another shot at the Final Four.
Here’s hoping Mike McGuirl gets another shot at the Final Four.
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Let’s remember, first, that just making the Elite Eight is something special. Even Kentucky, the team which has been there the most often, has only managed the feat 37 times in 80 years. Only nine schools have advanced that far more often than K-State1, and the Wildcats have only done it 13 times — once every 6 or 7 years, on average.

But man. When you haven’t reached the Final Four in 54 years, losing hurts. Losing like K-State did on Saturday hurts even worse.

Should fortune favor the Wildcats, next year will be even better. Everyone who played significant minutes returns. The younger members of the team will have a crucial year of experience under their belts; everyone will have the vitally important experience of this year’s tournament run to guide them. It’s a circumstance from which K-State has not benefitted in a long, long time; the 2010 run ended with Denis Clemente’s final game, and the 1988 loss to Kansas ended the college career of Mitch Richmond.

What we’re saying is this: wait ‘til next year.

1 - Kentucky (37), North Carolina (28), Kansas (24), UCLA (22), Duke (21), Ohio State (15), Louisville, Michigan, and Villanova (14 each). Michigan State has also reached the Elite Eight 13 times. Stop and think about the schools we didn’t just list, like Indiana, Syracuse, Connecticut... and be proud.

So. It’s Monday. Let’s have some links, and we’re going to give the Ramblers their due here. After all, they’re suddenly our favorite Final Four team, right?

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Women’s Basketball

In today’s Sports Extra, McGuire belatedly reports on Wildcat senior Shaelyn Martin being named a second-team Academic All-American, the only Big 12 player to receive that honor.


Following Saturday’s 12-2 shellacking in Fort Worth, K-State took a 6-0 loss to TCU to end the series by being swept. The Wildcats (12-12, 0-3) simply couldn’t muster offense over the weekend, scoring only four runs in the three-game set. TCU improves to 14-7, 3-0 in conference play.

Tuesday night, the BatCats host Omaha for a single game. 6:30pm on ESPN3.

Track and Field

The Roadrunner Invitational ended Saturday, and the K-State women came in third behind Texas A&M (178.5) and Baylor, whose 151 points barely edged K-State’s 148 for second place. Shadae Lawrence took the women’s discus title, while freshman Clare Gibson won the women’s high jump -- with Rhizlane Siba, Shanae McKenzie, and Morgan Coffman finishing 2-3-4. #HighJumpU lives.

It still lives on the men’s side, too. Freshman Tejaswin Shankar took first place in the men’s high jump, breaking the meet and facility record with a winning leap of 7’-4.5”. In the men’s 1500, Lukas Koch and Travis Hodge finshed 1-2, while Jullane Walker won the men’s 200m. Like the women, the men finished in third place, just four points back of Baylor (104-100), although A&M ran away with the title at 168.

Other notable finishes included Ariel Okorie taking second in the women’s 100m hurdles and third in the women’s long jump, while Brett Neelly was third in men’s discus. In the women’s 1500, K-State managed the strange feat of finishing 3-4-5-7-8, earning 18 points; all five Wildcats (Morgan Wedekind, Emma Wren, Kayla Doll, Cara Melgares, and Sydney Collins) posted personal bests. Wedekind also finished fourth in the 800m.


Ouch. Yesterday, 31st-ranked K-State (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) traveled to Lubbock to face the 16th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-4, 11 Big 12), and... well, got swept. It was the first real hiccup of what’s so far been a pretty solid season. The Cats are now off until April 6, when they’ll again hit the road for a pair in Morgantown and Ames.


K-State didn’t fare particularly well at the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend, although the competition was high-level. The best effort was a second-place finish in Sunday’s 1v4, losing by a mere four seconds to Big 12 foe Tennessee. (That never stops being funny.)


The men took tenth at the K-State-hosted BIGHORN Invitational in Palm Desert, shooting an 8-over 872 to finish 48 strokes back of champions Illinois on Saturday. Connor Chesky, competing as an individual, was the low-scoring Wildcat at 1-over 217, tied for 29th and 12 shots back of individual champion Bryan Baumgarten of Illinois. Roland Massimino shot 3-over 219, to pace the team members.

Also on Saturday, the women completed the MountainView Collegiate Invitational in eighth place, 23 shots back of champions Illinois (sheesh) with a 34-over 898. Connie Jaffrey finished tied for eighth place, at 2-over 218, five strokes back of champ Abegail Arevalo of San Jose State.