Category Archives: K-STATE

Closing the deal: K-State’s Jesse Ertz will succeed this season

There’s a sales method used when trying to persuade a potential client to purchase an item called the “Ben Franklin Close.” You place all the reasons for buying the product on one side and all the reasons for not buying it on the other side. If head coach Bill Snyder wants to use the Ben Franklin formula for evaluating whether quarterback Jesse Ertz will have a great senior season, the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

Let’s examine them:

Kansas State should contend for Big 12 Football Championship + optimism high for better Days at Kansas and Missouri

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One has high aspirations, another is hoping to continue recent moderate progress and the third is hoping to make a quick turnaround from recent failures. That’s the story line for the area’s Division I football programs.

Kansas State’s football program is dreaming of a landmark season, with the goal of bringing home the league crown. The Kansas football program has only won two games the last two seasons, and 14 over the last seven campaigns, but there’s optimism in Lawrence that hasn’t been there in several years. Missouri’s football program is hoping a 4-8 season in 2016, in coach Barry Odom’s first season, is an aberration, not the start of a trend.

Countdown: Top 5 NBA players drafted from Kansas State University

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As we continue looking at some of the best NBA players to come from our local schools, we now look at the best to come from the Little Apple. While Kansas State hasn’t had a continuously consistent basketball program, they still have found success, making 29 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Final Fours, and have been named 44th on the Associated Press’s All-Time Poll. Through the years the Wildcats have had some talented players that had great NBA careers, including a hall-of-famer. And as we get closer to the NBA Draft, we look at the best NBA players from Kansas State, based on their NBA success.

KU, K-State and Mizzou all make the Associated Press All-Time Top 100 poll

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MARCH 2017 – The Associated Press just released their All-Time Top 100 poll and, good news for everyone, the Jayhawks, Tigers and Wildcats all cracked into the top half of the list!

Ever since January of 1949, the AP releases their poll of the top teams of the country each week, having different sized polls over the years, from 20 to 10 to the current 25. Being on the poll is a sought-after spot to show the rest of the country you are one of the best in the country and where you are on the poll can even affect the seed you receive for the NCAA Tournament.

Best Sports Moments: Kansas City Sports’ Top 5 of 2016

JANUARY 2017 – With another year in the books, we wanted to take a look back at the best sports moments of 2016… and see what made last year so great. Some of our teams didn’t quite live up to expectations or make the postseason run we wanted, but they filled the past year with some great moments. As we start into the new year, let’s take a look back at the 5 best of 2016.

Elijah Lee is leading the Wildcats defense by example

NOVEMBER 2016 – When Elijah Lee arrived at Kansas State as a freshman two seasons ago, his goal was to just fit in. It’s amazing how leading the team in tackles can help a guy feel like he belongs.

“When I first got here I wasn’t sure of my abilities,” Lee said. “But after a hard summer and some big gains in the weight room, I gained more and more conference.

K-State’s Travis Britz is no longer overlooked

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SEPTEMBER 2015 – Travis Britz grew up in the Kansas City area. He has certainly watched Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon throw out runners trying to stretch an extra base. For years, opponents would challenge Gordon’s arm, and Gordon would keep proving that it wasn’t a good challenge.

Gordon led the American League with 20 outfield assists in 2011, his first year in left field, when he won the first of four straight Gold Gloves. He had back-to-back seasons of 17 assists. Finally, teams stopped trying to gain that extra base. Gordon finished with just eight outfield assists last year, when he won the Platinum Glove for the best defender at any position in the American League.

Why is that relevant in college football? Because Britz is Kansas State’s version of Gordon.

KU, K-State and MU college football teams have many questions entering season

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AUGUST 2015 – With the college football season kicking off in September, a quick glance at the area teams brings up a lot of questions. Unfortunately for David Beaty, Bill Snyder and Gary Pinkel, there aren’t nearly as many answers.

K-State Wildcats will count heavily on Tre Harris shooing treys

MARCH 2015 – As the roller-coaster 2014-15 men’s basketball season draws to a close for Kansas State, the future still holds questions. Who will anchor the front line? Where will the scoring come from? There’s even a question about who will be wearing the purple and white uniform for coach Bruce Weber. Those are just a few details to determine.

Upset victories over ranked Kansas and Iowa State to end February put the Wildcats back in the discussion as a “bubble team” for the NCAA tournament.

Fill out those March Madness brackets

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MARCH 2015 – What makes “March Madness” so special that even the slightest sports fans go, well, nuts for?

Why do we all of the sudden become micro college basketball experts and we look at 68 teams and try our best shot of predicting the winner?