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TCU will help K-State basketball recruiting

The addition of TCU to the Big 12 is important to Kansas State for many reasons that have been analyzed all week. On Thursday, Wildcats basketball coach Frank Martin pointed out an advantage that hasn’t been discussed.

Playing the Horned Frogs on a yearly basis will help provide a recruiting boost in one of his go-to areas.

“I’m ecstatic about it. We recruit Dallas a lot,” Martin said. “One thing we tell parents is, ‘Hey, we play down in Austin or we play in Waco or — before — at Texas A&M,’ but that’s not Dallas. That means that’s a long drive for somebody after work on a Wednesday that needs to get where they need to get to watch a game. It’s not Dallas.

“Now, we’ll go play in Dallas. That’s going to be great. That’s going to be a tremendous opportunity for us in recruiting.”

TCU, located in Fort Worth, is a short drive from just about anywhere in the Dallas metroplex.

K-State currently has one player from the area (freshman big man Thomas Gipson) on its roster. Perhaps the Wildcats will be able to add more in the near future with TCU on the schedule.

“It’s a real neat deal,” Martin said. “I think it’s a great deal.”

Chris Harper uses bowl game as motivation

If preparing for its fourth consecutive game as an underdog wasn’t enough to fire up the Kansas State football team heading into Saturday’s game at Texas Tech, the 17th-ranked Wildcats can always think back to last year’s frustrating trip to the Pinstripe Bowl for motivation.

More than anything, that’s what wide receiver Chris Harper uses to drive him in practices these days.

“Last year we were 4-0 and we lost and things went downhill from there,” Harper said. “We did it before, barely making it to a bowl game, and not a great one at that. I don’t think guys want to let that happen again.”

A year ago, K-State started the season hot with wins over UCLA, Missouri State, Iowa State and Central Florida. The Wildcats were close to breaking into the top 25, but then came a lopsided loss to Nebraska. They didn’t win consecutive games the rest of the way, and ended the season at 7-6 with a loss at chilly Yankee Stadium in the Pinstripe Bowl.
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