Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day to you all, although we suspect this will result in a serious reduction in pageviews since so many of you slackers aren’t at work. Hopefully those of you who spend your day with us today will be chatty.
In honor of the day, we’re going to share the first of a 50-tweet thread on the original Black Panthers, a wildly successful World War II tank battalion. Check it out, it’s good stuff.
THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS: A STORY IN 50 TWEETS— XVIII Airborne Corps (@18airbornecorps) January 20, 2020
On this #MLKDay, we pay homage to the original Black Panthers, the 761st Tank Battalion who liberated more than 30 towns and villages during WWII. pic.twitter.com/NFOTTJjNE4
Yesterday at Bramlage, Kansas State committed 24 turnovers, and Texas held Peyton Williams scoreless from the field. As you can probably guess without any further details, that led to a Wildcat defeat, but a furious fourth-quarter rally actually had enough legs to put the outcome in doubt before the Longhorns sealed away a 71-63 win.
Williams did manage to pull down the other half of her semi-regular double, hauling in 10 rebounds. Ayoka Lee just missed the double-double, adding nine boards to go with her 12 points. Angela Harris led the team with 16, and Christianna Carr had 10, although seven of those came in a one-player run early in the first half which erased an 11-4 Texas lead.
The turnovers, on the other hand, ended up mostly being a non-issue. Despite the high number, Texas committed 21 themselves, and K-State (7-8, 1-3) outscored the Horns 21-13 off turnovers for the game. The real issue: as usual, the lack of a gunner. Beyond the arc, there was a mere one-attempt difference between the Horns and Cats; Texas (11-6, 3-2) shot 40.7% while K-State only managed an anemic 19.2%. That difference accounted for a preposterous 18 points all by itself, and that’s critical in an 8-point loss.
The ladies will now hit the road, traveling to Ames for a Wednesday clash with Iowa State.
LSU, Iowa, Penn State, Florida, Stanford, and, um, Vanderbilt.
That’s the entire list of schools which will have more players suited up two Sundays hence for Super Bowl LIV than K-State will, reports Roy Lang III of the Shreveport Times. The Wildcats have three players on Super Bowl rosters; Byron Pringle will represent the Chiefs, while DJ Reed and Elijah Lee will suit up for the 49ers.
K-State will actually have more players in action than Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M, just to drop some names. Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma are among the schools joining K-State with three players.
Of the three former Wildcats, Pringle has had the more accomplished season in 2019, as Reed and Lee have both seen a reduction in usage from last year when they combined for 105 tackles.
As wildcat00 mentioned yesterday, K-State will be in action at home this morning against Penn State. In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire reports on the Wildcats’ sense of leaving a job unfinished last year when they beat Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament but failed to take the next step.