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SLATE: The Worst Loss in Kansas State History

So bad it pushed Jordan Wicks out of the lede.

Antonio Gordon’s half-court shot at the buzzer was cool, we guess.
Antonio Gordon’s half-court shot at the buzzer was cool, we guess.
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This academic year just gets worse and worse for Kansas State Wildcats.

After the football team did wonderful things like suffering their worst-ever loss to Iowa State and putting in a record-breaking lack of performance against Texas, the Wildcat basketball team seems bound and determined to do them one better.

Last night in Waco, they did.

At the Ferrell Center, Baylor Bears annihilated the hapless Cats in a 107-59 rout which saw four Baylor players hit double figures and 11 different Bears on the score sheet. The only Cat in doubles was Nijel Pack with 11, and the only moment of the game that was even remotely pleasant was at the halftime buzzer when Antonio Gordon banked one in from half-court to cut the Baylor lead to 28.

That’s right, K-State was losing by 31 points in the first half. Twice. You all owe Luke Sobba for recapping that nightmare.

Bruce Weber didn’t say much post-game, and what he did say was nothing. (pdf)

As for the women, who are still winless in Big 12 play at 5-7 (0-5), they’ll host Iowa State (10-5, 6-2) tonight at 6:30 on ESPN+. Yes, that’s the same Iowa State that won at Baylor. Sigh.

BUT! There is good news. Yesterday, Big 12 coaches named Jordan Wicks the preseason Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, although he did share the honor with Ty Madden of the Longhorns. Wicks, the #10 draft prospect in the nation according to D1Baseball, is the first Wildcat to receive the nod.

In the truncated 2020 season, Wicks was 3-0 in four starts with an absurd 0.35 ERA, started the season one out shy of 25 scoreless innings, and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 28-4. It wasn’t just a short hot streak; for his career Wicks is 9-3 with a 2.85 ERA. He is, however, the only BatCat on the preseason All-Big 12 team.

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