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SLATE: Kansas State hurtles back into action

Every winter sport is represented today and tomorrow.

While Brown and Wade are the keys, there’s an X factor too.
While Brown and Wade are the keys, there’s an X factor too.
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It’s been a really long week thanks to the lack of a midweek men’s basketball game for K-State. But everything’s about to shift into high gear as the weekend dawns.

Tomorrow afternoon, the men will face Oklahoma State in Stillwater, with a continued grip on first place in the Big 12 on the line. If there’s one Big 12 team against whom K-State can’t afford a loss, this is it, so it’s critical that last Saturday’s disaster not repeat itself.

One key to that, the X factor if you will, is Xavier Sneed. Sneed was almost invisible in College Station, and he’s been mired in a long slump. D. Scott Fritchen examines Sneed’s struggles, and the team’s reaction to them, in a free article at GPC.

Corbin McGuire pulls some press conference quotes in today’s Sports Extra, focusing on K-State’s preparation and their hopes of rebounding from Saturday’s loss.

The women, meanwhile, will take their reeling rollercoaster to Bramlage tomorrow for an early afternoon contest with the ranked Cyclones. If the game at Hilton a month ago — a 96-58 beatdown — is any indication, tomorrow’s not going to be a happy day.

K-State’s other two in-season teams are heading to the same destination today. The track team will be competing in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this weekend, facing a field which includes the hosts from Nebraska, Creighton, Drake, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Lipscomb, Maryland, Missouri, UMKC, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, and Stanford. A smattering of area D-II, D-III, NAIA, and JUCO schools will also be participating.

The event begins at noon CT with the combined events, and continues through tomorrow.

Tennis is also in Lincoln, invading the Dillon Tennis Center this afternoon at 5:00. K-State is off to a 2-1 start on the young season, with their only loss to 5th-ranked Georgia in Athens. Nebraska, on the other hand, has struggled; they’re 1-3 with losses last weekend to Old Dominion and Gonzaga between which they only claimed a single point.

That said, the Huskers won in Manhattan last year, and K-State is only 4-17 all-time against the evil from the north. So a win tonight would be sweet indeed.

If you missed them yesterday, be sure to check out the two items dropped in your laps by our esteemed Luke Thompson: this week’s editions of both Bring on the PodCats (with guest Kyle Cox of Pistols Firing) and Tournament Thursday.