What a no-good, rotten, terrible Tuesday that was.
The MittieCats started us off in the afternoon, and after being up 24-22 at halftime, went cold on both ends of the floor in the 3rd quarter, getting beat 29-8 in just that period, to fall 65-50 to Idaho State. Sure, the Bengals were picked to finish second in the Big Sky conference (with some first-place votes), but had just lost to Nebraska in Lincoln just two days ago. The Wildcats continue to struggle without superstar Ayoka Lee, who is still recovering for an ankle injury she sustained early against Kentucky last week.
And the WeberCats managed to make things even worse in the nightcap. Sure, this is a young team, and good D2 schools are known to spring an upset or two. But Fort Hays State was 0-3 entering the game, all against fellow D2 MIAA opponents, and controlled the game from the tip through the final buzzer, knocking off the Wildcats 81-68. It was, for lack of a more creative term, embarrassing. You don’t need any more recaps, you don’t want any more recaps. That game was terrible.
K-State Ahtletics weekly look at Wildcats in the NFL saw Cornelius Lucas return for an injury to start for the Washington Football Team in their surprise win over Pittsburgh on Monday night; plus Deante Burton got elevated from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, and was in for 18 special teams plays.
Speaking of football, Drew Schneider will drop in a little later today with a different look at the transfer portal. Hint: it goes both ways.
After besting the K-State school record in the pentathlon, and setting the fourth-highest mark in NCAA history, TJ Shankar was named as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, his second national honor in as many years. His 4,343 points topped his previous personal record of 4,137 points, broke Steve Fritz’s meet record of 4,251 set at the 1993 Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon, bested Darius Draudvila’s previous indoor record of 4,116 set in 2018 at this meet, and is now the fourth-best mark in NCAA history for any men’s athlete in the pentathlon event. So much for just being #HighJumpU.