Looking ahead to gameday: Iowa State

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2011 schedule. We start at the end with Iowa State. Next up, at Texas

As fun as Farmageddon was to watch at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas State won two exciting games over Iowa State by close scores of 24-23 and 27-20) the former Big 12 North rivals are moving their annual meeting back to campus.

That’s bad news for anyone hoping for K-State/Iowa State to turn into the next Red River Rivalry. But, hey, at least it won’t become the next Baylor/Texas Tech, where neither fan base seems interested in driving to a neutral site for the game.

Overall, the switch back to Manhattan and Ames should be a positive for the matchup. The move away from a pro stadium will mean full – or at least near full — crowds watching from the stands, and the unusual scheduling date of December 3 gives the game a sense of added importance.

These are two similar teams that were picked to finish in about the same spot of the final Big 12 standings. Paul Rhoads looks like a real up-and-comer. Bill Snyder is the most established coach in the conference. The Cyclones and Wildcats have played each other tough for the past five seasons, and there’s no reason to think this year will be any different.
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Notes from the Madness

After a year off, Madness in Manhattan was better than ever. Close to 7,000 fans crammed into Bramlage Coliseum on Friday and loudly celebrated the start of college basketball.

They were treated to speeches from players on both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, an extremely funny video featuring Kansas State grad Eric Stonestreet and the cast of Modern Family, dances and all sorts of high-flying plays.

K-State coach Frank Martin loved every moment of it. He says the event is here to stay.

“Let’s have a party now, kickoff the season and then let’s all go work,” Martin said. “It went really well tonight, and our fans and players both deserve it.”
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More bad news for UCLA

The UCLA football team may have to use a makeshift offensive line against Kansas State.

News out of Bruins land today is that Jeff Baca, a left guard who started every game last season, has been ruled academically ineligible pending an appeal with the NCAA.

Baca told reporters there was a chance his ineligibility could be overturned before the season opener in Manhattan.

“I’m working on an appeal and there’s just no telling what the timetable is,” said Baca, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior from Mission Viejo High School. “Things happen like this and it’s unfortunate.”

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Nino Williams may take Sutton’s place

With Kansas State down a scholarship from the departure of Dominique Sutton, the natural assumption was that Omari Lawrence would take his place on the roster.

After all, the St. Johns transfer has visited Manhattan and made an announcement last week that he wanted to sign with the Wildcats.

But it may be Nino Williams, a Leavenworth High School product who long ago verbally committed to K-State, who gets first crack at the open scholarship.

Originally, Williams’ intent was to join K-State in 2011 following a year of prep school. But he has added on muscle, improved his grades and is now seriously considering immediately enrolling in college.

“It’s my choice,” Williams said when reached by phone. “They (the K-State coaching staff) said they would love to have me, but if I still want to go to prep school I can do that, too. They’re with me either way.”
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Juevol Myles set to join K-State

The Kansas State basketball team is out of scholarships.

Juevol Myles, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman point guard from Tallahassee Community College, gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats on Monday and is preparing to sign a national letter of intent today.

“I’m very excited to join that program,” Myles said by phone. “I have no doubts K-State is where I want to be for the next three years.”

Myles chose the Wildcats over George Washington, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

K-State coach Frank Martin had been vague about how he wanted to use his final remaining scholarship before next season, but it appears he found a good fit.
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Tonight’s game is must-see regional TV

ESPN gave the first meeting top billing with a live “College Gameday” telecast from Manhattan and a prime-time national time slot.

The rematch tonight in Lawrence is available only regionally, and will be on the CW in certain markets.

With both teams ranked in the top 5, and some calling the rematch the biggest Sunflower Showdown in 52 years, that disparity in TV attention has disappointed basketball fans near and far.

But in this day and age, is that really a big deal? Anyone with a premium cable/satellite sports package will get the game on ESPN Full Court. Anyone with a high-speed Internet connection will get the game on ESPN360. And there’s always the option of a sports bar.
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A few minutes with … Jay Bilas

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Jay Bilas, one of the best college basketball analysts in the business, will soon be in Manhattan to preview Saturday’s must-see game between No. 11 Kansas State and No. 2 Kansas for ESPN’s “College Gameday.”

It is an event both he and K-State fans are looking forward to.

In anticipation of his arrival, he took some time Thursday evening to talk about what he sees in the Wildcats and Jayhawks, why he likes the Big 12 and college basketball in general.

Have you ever been to Manhattan before?

No I haven’t. I’ve been out to Kansas a bunch of times, but never Manhattan. I’m really excited about it.

Have you caught K-State on TV much this season?

Oh yea, I’ve seen ‘em play 1,000 times.

Well what has impressed you about the Wildcats?

I really like the way they play so hard. Early in the season I think I wrote that Kansas State plays harder than any team in the nation. They are a very together team. I was really impressed at how hard they went after it.
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Live Blog: K-State 17, KU 10

FINAL
It’s a done deal. The fans are still in their seats SCREAMING the K-S-UUUUU Wildcats cheer.

Good win for the Wildcats. They run out the clock and win 17-10 to stay on top of the Big 12 North standings.

3:07 4th Quarter
Kansas is beginning to call timeouts in an attempt to save clock.

K-State can end the game with a series of good runs here.

5:20 4th Quarter
Kansas just made its first field goal of the game and has pulled to within 17-10.

The drive ate up all kinds of clock and ended with a 46-yard field goal.

Kansas State will get the ball back after the ensuing kickoff. A touchdown return from Brandon Banks would be perfect for the Wildcats right now. But a handful of first down runs by Daniel Thomas would do the trick too.
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Links for lunch

As you could expect, Michael Beasley is dominating the conversation in K-State circles today.

Yahoo! Sports first reported yesterday that the former Kansas State star checked into a rehab facility, and ever since columnists everywhere have speculated on whether he would have been better off staying in Manhattan past his freshman year.

Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle had this to say about it.
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