By Kelly McHugh
January 17, 2015
With four home competitions, today is a busy day for K-State Athletics. It begins at 11 a.m., with track and field competing at Ahearn Field House, then at noon, women's tennis will take advantage of the warm weather and compete outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The day will then continue at Bramlage Coliseum with men's basketball at 2 p.m., and conclude with women's basketball at 7 p.m.
A busy but exciting slate ahead, here's a look at the upcoming home competitions:
MEN'S BASKETBALL FACES NO. 22/23 BAYLOR
Tipping off at 2 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum, the K-State men's basketball team (10-7, 3-1 Big 12) faces the No. 22/23 Baylor Bears (13-3, 2-2 Big 12).
Both teams are coming off Big 12 victories on Wednesday, and both want to continue that momentum today. After another impressive defensive performance, the Wildcats are fresh off a 58-51 win over Texas Tech and riding a three-game winning streak. The Bears enter today's game following an intense 74-73 upset win over No. 11 Iowa State.
"Baylor beat us twice last year, the first game was a crazy game at their place," explained Weber. "I thought we outplayed them for 38 or 39 minutes. Then the game here, they just beat us. They were playing so well at the end of the year, but we had a nice lead here. They took it to us, and we did not guard them. We have got to guard them Saturday. They (beat) Iowa State, so we know we are going to have a challenge here Saturday."
K-State is led by this week's ESPN.com National Player of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week, sophomore Marcus Foster, who is averaging 13.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. While Foster has been the team's high scorer, senior Nino Williams leads the team in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game followed closely by senior Thomas Gipson at 4.5. Gipson and Williams are both also averaging in the double-digits with 11.4 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.
One of perhaps the toughest home games of the season for K-State, the Wildcats are hoping for another exciting Bramlage Coliseum environment.
"Hopefully we'll have some students coming back and we'll have a great crowd on Saturday," said Weber after the Wildcats' win over Texas Tech. "We'll need some energy in the building."
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS IOWA STATE
K-State women's basketball (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) returns home to Bramlage Coliseum tonight to take on Iowa State (11-4, 2-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m.
While the Wildcats are coming off of a tough 69-47 loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, the Cyclones also enter tonight's game coming off of a loss - a 79-47 setback at Baylor - and both teams will be looking to get back on track.
Today is the second of the two-game season series as K-State traveled to Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 3, and lost, 60-55, in an intense, action-packed game. In the loss, it was K-State senior Ashia Woods who kept the game close as she led all scorers with 21 points.
All-time, K-State leads the series, 48-35, and though the Cyclones won the last meeting in Ames, the last time the two teams faced off in Manhattan, K-State came away with an 80-74 win.
K-State will also celebrate its annual "Pack the House" game tonight where all tickets and select concession items are available for just $1. Adding to the excitement is a halftime performance by the BMX Pros Trick Team, a stunt show featuring some of the world's most extreme bicycle stunt riders and skateboarders.
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TENNIS OPENS SEASON AGAINST UNI
The No. 64 ranked Kansas State women's tennis team will begin its 39th season of competition today as the Wildcats host Northern Iowa at 12 p.m. Due to anticipated warm temperatures, Saturday's match will be played outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. K-State has won four straight home openers and 13 of its last 15.
This will be the second straight season K-State will begin its home schedule with Northern Iowa as the Wildcats defeated the Panthers last season, 6-1. K-State is 2-0 all-time against UNI and is 55-27 against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.
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K-STATE HOSTS KANSAS, WICHITA STATE IN TRIANGULAR
K-State track and field returns home to host its first meet of the New Year today by welcoming Kansas and Wichita State to Ahearn Field House for the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular. The meet, which will score each school individually with a winning school announced at the conclusion of competition, brings back the annual triangular to Manhattan, where the Wildcats, Jayhawks and Missouri competed for "The Jug" from 1989-2006.
Action is expected to kick off at 11 a.m., with the women's weight throw and continue through the afternoon, concluding on the track with the men's 4x400 relay.
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