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SLATE: Kansas State’s final chance

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Plus a story about an interesting recruit... for the rowing team

Blast from the past: K-State at TCU, May 2016
Blast from the past: K-State at TCU, May 2016
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Let’s get this out there up front: while there’s certainly a possibility that Kansas State will win the Big 12 tournament next week, it’s not a realistic dream. Running the gauntlet which will be facing the BatCats in Oklahoma City is an unreasonable expectation.

Which means any hope K-State (29-20, 8-13) has of finding its way into an NCAA regional involves doing something almost as unlikely this weekend: taking a series from visiting TCU, preferably in a sweep. Of course, there’s a problem; TCU is ranked fifth in the country, sitting at 35-14 (16-5). Getting the necessary result to find themselves under consideration for an at-large bid is going to be a steep, steep mountain.

The series gets underway tonight at 6:00, with Friday’s game also slated for 6:00 and Saturday’s series and regular-season finale scheduled for 4:00. The senior class — Luke Hauswirth, Chad Shade, Caleb Littlejim, Chris Ceballos, Kasey Ford, and Cameron Thompson — will be honored prior to the series finale.

As JT noted yesterday, Tointon will be open to a full capacity crowd for the series, which will also air on ESPN+.

Rowing

As you may be aware, K-State’s rowing team gets its athletes from a wide variety of sports. It only makes sense, inasmuch as your local high school probably doesn’t have a rowing team.

Which brings us to the story of Haven Habhab, a basketball and tennis player from Killeen (Tex.) whose senior season in both sports was basically destroyed by a combination of COVID-19 and her father’s reassignment to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. But it turns out that Haven — for reasons not explained in the story by KXXV’s Adam Schindler — was EMAW even before coach Pat Sweeney came calling with an offer.


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