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Slate: Rivalry Awaits

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But the women are up first, trying to put two wins together for the first time since 2020

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Basketball

There’s a Kansas State Wildcats basketball double-header of sorts today.

It starts today at 3pm CT, as the MittieCats tip off against Oklahoma State in Stillwater in an oddly early week-day game. The Wildcats will be attempting to put two wins together for the first time since 2020 after finally winning a game in 2021, but it won’t be easy as the Cowgirls are receiving votes in both polls and beat the Cats in Manhattan 69-55 back in late January. The game will be available streaming on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

At 7pm CT, the 295th version of the men’s roundball Sunflower Showdown tips off from Bramlage. Tonight’s rivalry game was originally scheduled for yesterday night on ESPN2, but got pushed back after KU fell from both polls and is set for streaming on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. However, KU re-entered the polls this week after winning three-straight, though two of those were over Iowa State, who is last-place in the Big 12 and might be finally struggling worse than the Wildcats in more than just record. And even though the typical homecourt advantages are gone this season, Kellis Robinett lays out three ways the Wildcats can still challenge KU tonight.

Football

2021 football season tickets are now on sale (no link because no press release yet outside of marketing email), and for those of you who rolled over your payment from 2020, it’s a very quick and painless process to get the renewed.

Golf

The only real non-basketball thing we’ve got for you is the men’s golf team finished smack in the middle of a 15-team field at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, placing 7th but with the lowest 54-hole team score (a 3-under 861) since the 2019 Big 12 Championship. Junior Will Hopkins was the top finisher for the Wildcats, carding a 5-under 211 to finish in a tie for 9th, while also marking the best 54-hole individual performance for a Cat since Jacob Eklund’s performance last march at the Colleton River Collegiate. Random note from the tournament: Illinois, which won the tournament going away, had the top two performers for the event. The second place finisher carded an 8-under 208, one ahead of the tie for 3rd. The winner carded an absurd 16-under 200, carding a 5-under each of the first two rounds before besting it with a 6-under on the final round.