We got some big news yesterday from K-State Athletics, as it was announced that, at even further reduced capacity, fans will be allowed back in Bramlage Coliseum for men’s and women’s basketball games beginning this week. The capacity limit is now 15% instead of the previous 25%, and no single game tickets will be sold for men’s basketball games. However, single game tickets are available for women’s basketball games, like tomorrow’s 6:30pm CT tilt with #11 Kentucky, which is part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The MittieCats are led by stellar sophomore center Ayoka Lee, who just collected her fourth national preseason honor, being named to the 2021 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Women’s Preseason Top 30 Watch List. The unanimous selection to the 2020-21 Preseason All-Big 12 Team posted 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the season opener against Southern.
Over on the men’s side, game times have been announced for K-State first two Big 12 games, with the Iowa State game on December 15th scheduled for an 8pm CT from Ames start and the Baylor game on December 19th scheduled for a 3pm CT start in Bramlage. The Iowa State game will be broadcast on ESPNU while the game against #2 Baylor will be carried on ESPN+. Kind move by the TV partners to not put that bloodbath on national TV.
K-State football held it’s last press conference of the regular season yesterday. Coach Klieman was asked about starting linebackers Elijah Sullivan and Justin Hughes, and he expects both to practice this week and be available this weekend, even if they aren’t starting. Klieman was also firm on wanting to play in a bowl game, because of all the extra practice time it affords.
Our own Drew Schneider dropped in yesterday with a look at the current player retention issues, what it means to K-State, and what to look for (like where does the kid end up next, or how is he being replaced).