Yesterday, Luke Thompson dropped the latest Bring on the PodCats featuring our own resident basketball expert Eric Rubottom and K-State Online’s Matt Hall, where they talked about all things basketball, including some recruting tidbits, what Cartier Diarra might do, and more.
The headliner today is the start of the 2020 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, MO. Today’s first round action features the 8/9 game, with tip-off scheduled for 6pm CDT on ESPNU, between Oklahoma State and Iowa State (for the chance at upsetting KU), and the 7/10 game between TCU and your K-State Wildcats, with an 8pm CDT (probably more like 8:30pm) tip-off on ESPNU from KC’s Sprint Center. The Wildcats are hoping to make history this weekend, and somehow manage to make the NCAA Tournament.
Of course the CoVID-19 virus is casting a shadow over the sports world, and Vahe Gregorian (Star/Eagle) opines on what that means for the Big 12 Tournament games, men’s and women’s, being held in KC this weekend.
After a very successful run on the west coast this past weekend, the BatCats returned home to continue their hot play. Except that their return home was not very friendly, and the visiting Jackrabbits from South Dakota State spoiled the Wildcat homecoming by blanking the Cats on the way to a 4-0 victory, aided significantly by Wildcat miscuses (three of SDSU’s four runs reached base by way of an error, hit by pitch, or a walk). This was the second victory for the Jacks over a P5 team in the last week, as the beat Minnesota 10-8 a week ago today. The BatCats will look to avenge their loss in the rubber match tonight at 6pm, a game that can be seen on ESPN+.
The Wildcat men and women wrapped up their weekly tournaments yesterday, and while Jacob Eklund had a great final round that saw him move up 22 spots (to finish tied for 36th as the team leader), it wasn’t enough to make a dent in the men’s team’s sizable hole, as the Wildcats finished 13th in a field of 15 at the General Hackler Championship. The women didn’t far much better, registering a 9th place finish at the Juli Inskter Invitational, five shots out of a tie for 5th and a top-half finish.