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Basketball teams begin Big 12 schedule

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It’s a fresh start of sorts for the men’s and women’s squads.

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So Australia is literally on fire, and there’s a very high probability of escalation in the Middle East. But other than that, this new year is going pretty well, right?

Basketball

With a new year comes renewed energy and the possibility of starting over. Both basketball teams see the Big 12 season as a chance at redemption after an underwhelming non-conference stretch.

The men are eager to set aside the losses and defend their Big 12 title, and to establish the Wildcats as the league’s toughest team. A resurgence during conference play would be useful since the Wildcats are still in with a chance, at least according to Luke Thompson’s Tournament Thursday piece.

Kansas State begins Big 12 play on the road at Oklahoma. Tipoff is scheduled for noon CST tomorrow.

The women, meanwhile, are also looking for a reset of sorts. They were a disappointing 6-5 during the non-conference schedule, but are looking to claw their way back into contention. With no school for several weeks, the team has been able to focus on just basketball, and head coach Jeff Mittie believes this will make all the difference.

The women will play #19/21 West Virginia at Bramlage Coliseum tomorrow at noon CST.

Volleyball

The VolleyCats got some less-than-great news this week. Sophomore Gloria Mutiri and freshman Anna Dixon are both leaving the program. Mutiri is transferring to Oregon, while Dixon will continue her volleyball career at Missouri.

For an already beleaguered program, one that has finished in the bottom third of the conference two years in a row, this is bad news. The two players have been among the top three in kills for Kansas State this past season, so the VolleyCats are losing kill production for 2020 and it’s not clear how these roles will be filled.

Football

The news from the gridiron is pretty much all about recruiting.

Chris Klieman’s staff has its first verbal commit from a 4-star recruit, and Drew Schneider weighed in on the importance of the get for the long-term health of the program. He also took a look at the Wildcats’ new running backs and the state of that unit.