Tuesdays on The Salute

Tuesdays on The Salute

It’s difficult to write a fan blog during the football season following a loss. it becomes even more difficult during basketball after a week with 2 losses. Derek gracefully dodged the subject on Monday (I’m jealous). I don’t think I can. I have to talk about the K-State basketball team and their 2 game slide.

A couple weeks ago, I developed a working theory of how the Wildcats could go 11-7 in the conference and put themselves on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Part of that hypothesis included the Cats winning all of their remaining home games against teams not named the Jayhawks. The loss to West Virginia a week ago put my plan in jeopardy. It means K-State will have to steal another game that I had previously counted as an “L”.

Losing in Lawrence was already part of my 11-7 prediction. However, that didn’t make the loss less frustrating. This team can’t dig themselves a 20-5 hole and expect to comeback. The Jahawks aren’t the dominant offensive team they were under Roy Williams. They play a more defensive game that should play to the Cats strengths, but it clearly didn’t.

Now it’s do or die time. On the list of games you can’t lose is a road trip to Texas Tech. When the Red Raiders were winless in the conference a few weeks ago this game seemed like an automatic win. Then Tubby Smith led his team to an upset of Iowa State in Lubbock, making me and a lot of Wildcat fans very nervous about Wednesday night.

[Tweet “It’s do or die time for #KState. On the list of games you can’t lose is a road trip to Tech.”]

At the midpoint of the conference schedule the Wildcats are 5-4. They’ll have to be better than that to have any chance of a return trip to the Big Dance. Before we can begin dreaming of a Big Monday upset of KU later this month, K-State needs to right the ship (again) by winning at Texas Tech.

Go Cats! Wreck Tech!

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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