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NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State
Good things happen when you go strong to the hoop...
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We’re going to lead this morning with some great news.

For the third straight year, and fifth time overall, Wyatt Thompson has been has been named the 2019 Kansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Congrats to Wyatt, who has been the play-by-play voice for the Wildcats for 18 years now.

Also, yesterday, Luke Thompson dropped the latest edition of Bring on the PodCats featuring resident basketball expert Eric Rubottom and KC Star/Wichita Eagle K-State beat writer Kellis Robinett. They wrap-up the football season, and discuss the WeberCats.

Basketball

Well, the Wildcats dropped another contest last night, extending the current losing streak to four games. But, as Eric notes in the game recap, there are some positive things to take away from the youth movement we saw in last night’s 77-63 loss to Texas Tech (but, it’s a lot harder to stay competitive when the rule book apparently changes right before the game...). Other recaps around the K-State beat:

Before the game we found out that guard Mike McGuirl would be unavailable, but learned afterward, as Ryan Black reports, that he was held out with concussion symptoms and has yet to pass concussion protocol. It is unclear what caused the injury, but symptoms appeared after the Wildcats loss to the Longhorns this past weekend.

Kellis Robinett also reported on the youth movement, as well as Makol Mawien’s increasing struggles this season. It’s definitely been a frustrating season for the big man, who only played 6 minutes in his 87th consecutive start, accumulating no stats besides three fouls. Yesterday afternoon Kellis also reported that Bruce Weber is looking to add seven players during this 2020 recruiting cycle. Four are already signed, and a fifth has just committed. This means that three players on the current roster will not be returning next season, and while it seems like Nigel Shadd and James Love are fairly obvious, that third player is currently a mystery (but there are plenty of rumors going around).

Next up for the Wildcats is another home game, as the Mountaineers are headed to Manhattan for an early afternoon tip on Saturday the 18th. If you’re interested in coming to the game (and why not, you don’t want to miss out on a possible upset), then check out StubHub for tickets to the game (affiliate link).

And to wrap up basketball stuff, the women are in action at home tonight against Oklahoma, and today’s K-State Sports Extra is a feature on grad-transfer Angela Harris, and her role change with the Wildcats.

Football

His first season clearly went well, and as a result former K-State offensive lineman Dalton Risner was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team for the 2091 season.

If you’re interested in spending some time in the West Stadium Center and listening to K-State head coach Chris Klieman on the 2020 recruiting class then be sure and check out the details (and tickets) released by K-State Athletics for their EMAW20 event this coming February.


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