K-State at kU Ok. Last night. Lucky shirt couldn’t save us. Favorite chair? Nope. The McChicken BigMac was rendered useless. Not even delicious Tallgrass beer in Tallgrass pints could deliver a Wildcat victory.

This is the way it goes nearly every year. One close game against Kansas. One blowout. Both losses. Occasionally, one of those close games is a K-State win. However, even with two losses to KU the conference race isn’t over yet.

I like to predict (or project) the overall and conference record that the Wildcat basketball team will heave each season. Most years, I’ve felt like I could make a pretty accurate guess before the season. Not this year. The new coaching staff left me with too many questions.

Through the non-conference season I did not see any answers. K-State beat the teams they were supposed to beat and were terrible in 2nd halves of losses to Top 10 teams. I was hopeful for a 10-8 conference record, assuming road wins at TCU, Tech and somewhere else. That figured in getting swept by the Jayhawks. After the hot start and loss in Manhattan to KU, I recalculated. I could see a 12-6 conference record. In both of these projections, I figured KU would be 14-2 at worst and I was hopeful for a Top 4 finish in the Big XII. Obviously, two conference losses isn’t happening for KU. They have 3 losses with 3 tough road games left.

Walk through the ‘Cats schedule. Now 8-3 with 7 games to go. All 4 home games should be wins. Baylor is the only one that concerns me. As for the road games, it’s a little more uncertain. Texas is a little more intimidating with Myck Kabongo returning to the Longhorns. Then there is March 9th. It’s very likely that K-State and KU could be tied for 1st with the Wildcats in Stillwater and the Jayhawks in Waco.

I like our chances. I still believe.

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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