This week, spring soccer season sicks off, women’s basketball wraps up

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(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Men’s basketball

The men’s basketball team returns to action for the final time in Bramlage Coliseum this year when Iowa State (2-19) makes the trip to Manhattan this Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 13 but was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Wildcats come off an up-and-down week, highlighted by an upset win against No. 7 Oklahoma, as well as a blowout loss to No. 10 West Virginia. Kansas State looks to bounce back against the Cyclones, currently ranked below the Wildcats in the last place of Big 12 Conference standings.

Hopefully, freshman point guard and leading scorer Nijel Pack will return for the game — he missed the game against West Virginia because of an eye infection.

The Wildcats picked up its first conference win courtesy of the Cyclones earlier this year and looks to complete the season sweep this weekend.

Tip-off from Bramlage is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, with coverage on ESPN+ and radio coverage on the K-State Sports Network.

Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball team will conclude its regular season this week with two games at home against TCU (8-12) and West Virginia (18-4) on Monday and Wednesday, while the season finale is on Sunday against Oklahoma (10-10) in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Wildcats look to capitalize on facing TCU at an opportune time, as the Horned Frogs come into Manhattan in the middle of a 3-game skid. K-State needs to improve on its perimeter defense from the last time against TCU when the team gave up 13 threes.

Tip-off against TCU is set for 6:30 p.m. and is available on ESPN+ and the K-State Sports Network.

No. 18 West Virginia poses a tall challenge for the last home game of the year for the Wildcats. In the last meeting, K-State hung around until the end and managed a single-digit loss but will need to score more than the 56 points to dethrone the Mountaineers.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and is available on ESPN+ and the K-State Sports Network.

K-State concludes the season in Norman against Oklahoma. The Wildcats came up two points short in a valiant comeback effort in the last matchup in January, despite outscoring the Sooners by six in the fourth quarter.

Tip-off from Norman is set for 3 p.m. Sunday with coverage on Fox Sports Oklahoma and the K-State Sports Network.

Baseball

The baseball team (5-2) starts a three-game series with Eastern Illinois this Saturday in Manhattan.

The Wildcats started strong this year, coming out of the Sanderson Ford College Classic 2-2 and improving to 5-2 with a three-game sweep of Western Michigan this past weekend. The team will look to hold another successful homestand this weekend.

The first pitch on Friday is at 3 p.m. from Tointon Family Stadium. Saturday and Sunday’s games start at 1 p.m. All games are available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the K-State Sports Network.

Volleyball

Volleyball returns to action for its spring season this Thursday after having the series against Wichita State postponed last week. The Wildcats look to improve its 10-6 record from the fall and have its first matchup against Texas State in program history.

Coverage from Bramlage Coliseum is available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the K-State Sports Network. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Soccer

Soccer returns to action in the first outing of its five-game spring season this Saturday against KU. This abbreviated season consists of home and away games against KU, the team’s first match in program history against Missouri, a home game against Iowa State and a trip to Oklahoma to end the year.

K-State lost to the Jayhawks last fall 1-0.

Saturday’s match begins at 7 p.m. at Buser Family Park with coverage available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Women’s Tennis

The tennis team will play in its first match since Feb. 21 against SMU this Thursday in Dallas, Texas. K-State is 4-1 against SMU in program history and looks to pick up a quality road win in Dallas.

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