It’s 2020. That is the only explanation I can muster for why this season has gone completely pear-shaped.
For yesterday’s specific blowout loss to Texas (a team that now basically owns Kansas State, much to our consternation), I have nothing to say that Jon Morse has not already said with more detail and eloquence than I can manage right now.
Here’s the thing: we’ve lost before, and we’ve lost in ways that seemed beyond explanation and that felt worse than this loss. I still remember the 55-0 pasting Oklahoma gave the Wildcats in 2015.
So I’m just going to repeat the mantra I’ve adopted for this annus horribilis: this too shall pass.
If you were looking to basketball to make your feel better about Kansas State men’s sports, sorry, but yesterday was decidedly not your day.
Kansas State lost 68-58 to previously winless UNLV at Bramlage yesterday. The team started slow, hung around for a bit, and finished slow to drop to 1-4 on the season. As Luke Sobba noted in his recap, inexperience was chiefly to blame, and though this was undoubtedly a bad loss, there were some hopeful signs for the future.
The women fared much better. Playing hard on defense, Kansas State beat Central Arkansas 47-33, holding the Bears to single digits in the first half and in the final quarter. Rachel Ranke led the team with nine points in her first start of the year. She was joined by freshman Taylor Lauterbach who pulled down 12 rebounds and just narrowly missed the first double-double of her career.
Ten different Wildcats finished first in their respective events at the K-State Invitational to close out the track teams’ first weekend of indoor competition this season. Top finishers included Reagan Hukill (women’s pole vault), Brian Simon (men’s pole vault), Colin Echols (men’s weight throw), Maddie Righter (women’s high jump), Taylor Smith (men’s high jump), Donovan Turner (men’s 60H), Alex Ferguson (women’s 600m), Kyle Gale (men’s 600m), Anigbata Chinonyelum (women’s triple jump), and Kassidy Johnson (women’s 1000m).
The teams are off until January 9, when they take to the field for the Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House.