Basketball teams, tennis on the road as track and field heads to Lawrence

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Men's and women's basketball, track and field, as well as tennis are all in action this week in K-State sports. (Infographic by Kaylie Mclaughlin)

Men’s and women’s basketball both have matchups on the road this week. The tennis and track and field teams are also back in action.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Sophomore forward Antonio Gordon charges the basket for a dunk during K-State’s 84-68 victory over West Virginia on Jan. 18, 2020. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)
Sophomore forward Antonio Gordon charges the basket for a dunk during the men's basketball team's 84-68 victory over West Virginia on Jan. 18, 2020. (File Photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The men’s basketball team (5-9, 1-5 conference) looks to get back into the win column this week as it travels to Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Sooners (7-4, 3-3 conference) on Tuesday night. Both teams come off of polar opposite performances.

Oklahoma destroyed TCU 82-46 on Tuesday, while Texas dominated Kansas State 82-67 on Saturday night. K-State also looks to snap a four-game losing on Tuesday.

Shutting down senior guard Austin Reaves will likely be a point of emphasis for the Wildcats’ head coach Bruce Weber and his young team. Reaves averages over 15 points per game on the year so far for Oklahoma.

Tip-off for Tuesday’s battle is set for 5:30 p.m on FOX Sports Oklahoma.

After Tuesday’s game, the Wildcats return home Saturday afternoon, taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers (9-4, 2-3 conference). The Mountaineers haven’t played a game since losing to Texas on Jan. 9.

The Mountaineers had three games postponed, including a matchup with Oklahoma State.

The game with West Virginia is set to continue as planned with 1 p.m. tip-off on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Sophomore guard Emilee Ebert leaps up for a shot during K-State’s 71-63 loss to Texas on Jan. 19, 2020. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)
Sophomore guard Emilee Ebert leaps up for a shot during the women's basketball team's 71-63 loss to Texas on Jan. 19, 2020. (File Photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s basketball team looks to play its first game of the new year Wednesday night after having the last five games on its schedule postponed because of COVID-19 problems. If all goes to plan, the Wildcats face West Virginia on the road in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The last time the Wildcats took the court, they suffered a 62-52 defeat to No. 21 Texas on Dec. 21, 2020, inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State comes into the outing with a 5-4 overall record and 0-2 mark in the Big 12 Conference.

West Virginia enters Wednesday’s game at an impressive 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The game tips off at 6 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

TENNIS

About to hit the ball, junior Maria Linares moves her tennis racket in her first match of the day during the K-State Fall Invite on Oct. 31, 2020.
(Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)
About to hit the ball, junior Maria Linares moves her racket in her first match of the day during the K-State Fall Invite on Oct. 31, 2020. (File Photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

The tennis team is in Norman, Oklahoma, this week as well, traveling to the Sooner state on Thursday. The team won’t be battling the Sooners, however — it is set to take on Texas Tech at the neutral site.

The Wildcats come off of a successful outing at the Big 12/Pac-12 Dual in Arlington, Texas, last week. The dual left the Wildcats with plenty of positive takeaways.

The matchup with the Red Raiders this week is the first of the match-play portion of the season for the Wildcats.

TRACK AND FIELD

Curling over the bar, K-State senior Tejaswin Shankar successfully places first in the men's high jump during the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon on Dec. 7, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)
Curling over the bar, senior Tejaswin Shankar successfully places first in the men's high jump during the Carol Robinson/Attila Zsivoczky Pentathlon on Dec. 7, 2018. (Archive Photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The track and field teams head just up the road to Lawrence, for the Jayhawk Classic on Friday and Saturday. This meet will be the Wildcats’ fifth outing during the indoor portion of the season.

Last weekend, the Wildcats competed in the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular on Saturday inside Ahearn Field House. K-State took care of business in the last meet, grabbing 17 victories and tallying 261 team points — good enough to best Wichita State by 58 points and KU by 64.

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