It’s been a strange week for Kansas State fans, but hopefully, all the handwringing and doom scrolling is behind us, and we can gently roll into the holidays with real live Wildcats sports to look forward to.
The men’s team (8-2) won its first true road game of the season, a 75-60 win over LSU (5-4) that you already know all about. Cam Carter had a team-high 21 points, but it was Arthur Kaluma, with his 17 points and his fifth double-double of the season, who was recognized for his efforts as Big 12 Player of the Week as well as Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. Two other players, Tylor Perry and WIll McNair, Jr. finished in double figures, with 14 and 13 points respectively.
McNair has had a long and strange journey to Kansas State, but now that’s here, he’s making the most of this chance.
The team will be back in action this Sunday, hosting Nebraska (7-2) at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip off is scheduled for 2 PM and the game is already sold out.
The women’s team, meanwhile, is going from strength-to-strength. At the inaugural Bill Snyder Classic, #13/16 Kansas State (9-1) cruised to an 84-56 win over Missouri (7-4). Center Ayoka Lee had a game-high 28 points off 12-of-15 shooting, her 10th game this season in double figures. Teammates Brylee Glenn (12), Serena Sundell (11), a Maryville native who got to play this game in front of a packed home crowd, and Gabby Gregory (10) all finished in double figures in the game.
The team will take on North Florida at 4 PM on Saturday, the first contest in a three-game homestand.
In news that should surprise exactly no one, Cooper Beebe is a consensus (unanimous) first team All-American. He’s the 12th Kansas State player overall to earn the honor, but the first ever offensive lineman to be named to the first team ever as a Wildcat. He’s also the first player in the program to earn unanimous first team status since Terence Newman in 2002. Future Ring of Honor status: guaranteed.
The off-field news for the football team has been interesting. The Wildcats have experienced a rash of departures via the transfer portal, but if that makes the fanbase nervous, at least the news from the recruiting trail has been good so far.
The team will play their final game of the 2023 season on December 28, taking on North Carolina State at the Pop-Tarts Bowl. Given all the players in the transfer portal and a number of opt-outs, the starting lineup for the Wildcats is going to look pretty different than the rest of the season. This is also true for the Wolfpack, and interest in the game has waned a bit because of it. For the purple faithful though, seeing what interim offensive coordinator Conor Riley does with the playcalling should at least induce curiosity.
And of course, the game is the official start of the Avery Johnson era.
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