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Basketball ekes out another win, volleyball back in action tonight, and other news and notes from around K-State athletics.

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Basketball

Well, it certainly wasn’t pretty, but in the end the Wildcats managed to fend off the Golden Lions to start the season 4-0. Some more deep shots finally fell in the first half, but the WeberCats still needed another second half rally to earn the victory.

Sophomore Shaun Williams saw his first action last night coming off suspension, and while his two jacked 3’s and lack of effort defensively didn’t inspire much confidence from fans, his presence back on the court was celebrated by teammates, especially Cartier Diarra and Xavier Sneed.

Football

We’ve got several interesting bits from yesterday’s football press conference. For one thing, Coach Klieman said they threw it more than they wanted to against West Virginia (which is weird to the fans, who were clamoring for more passing as the running game appeared to be getting stuffed). He was also brutally honest about his team, and their overall lack of consistency. We’ve also got the weekly “Five Noteworthy Things” post from Kellis.

The Academic All-Big 12 teams were announced on Tuesday, and the Wildcats placed a school-record 32 members of the football team on the lists, with a league-record 26 on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

The Mercury has a recruiting article of their own this week, talking about the unofficial visit this past weekend for Manhattan High’s Damian Ilalio. Ilalio just finished his junior season at defensive tackle for the Indians and earned all-league honors for the second-straight season.

Golf

The Wildcat golf teams got an unexpected surprise on Tuesday evening, as they were presented with their brand-new indoor putting and chipping facility near Manhattan Regional Airport. The new facility is expected to be temporary in the long term, but should help the Wildcats improve their short game during the winter months.

Volleyball

The VolleyCats will begin their final homestand of the 2019 season tonight with a visit from the Sooners. The match, with first server at 6:30pm CST, will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and available on the ESPN app, with Brian Smoller and Liz Wegner-Busch calling the action there. Fans can listen to Rob Voelker on the radio call on KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) with free, live audio streaming at K-StateSports.com/watch.