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From The Couch - Mike Evans

Mike Evans is one of the most prolific scorers in K-State history.  He played from 1974-1978 and ended up as the all-time leading scorer in K-State history until his record was broken by Jacob Pullen.  His jersey was retired in 2006.  Let's find out a little more about K-State great Mike Evans... "He remains the only player in K-State history to score 500 or more points in three straight seasons." ...Mack McClure, Manhattan Mercury, March 7th, 2018 JM:  There's a good trivia question to plant in your memory. “I have some very fond memories of Kansas State and how we battled Kansas and Missouri for Big Eight Conference titles,” Evans said. “The runs we made in the NCAA tournament always stand out.” ...Mack McClure, Manhattan Mercury, March 7th, 2018 JM:  These mid-to-late 70's K-State teams were very close to going to Final Fours and winning national championships.  Losing to eventual champion Marquette in the second round on a controversial call in 1977, for in

From The Couch - Bob Boozer

Looking back on the career of Bob Boozer, his accomplishments show that you could make a strong argument that he was the best K-State basketball of all time.  Let's take a closer look at the life and times of Bob Boozer... "A two-time consensus first-team All-American at Kansas State, Bob Boozer averaged a double-double in his 77-game career with 21.9 points and 10.7 rebounds from 1956-1959. He averaged 25.6 points as a senior, leading the Wildcats to an undefeated Big Eight record and the final No. 1 ranking in the AP poll"... College Basketball Hall of Fame JM:  Boozer's 25.6 points per game in the 1958-59 season was a K-State record until it was broken by Michael Beasley in 2007-08 when he averaged 26.2 points per game. The versatile 6’ 8” forward was selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Royals, but he postponed his NBA career for one year so that he could compete in and win gold in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Boozer would go on to be an NBA champion wit

From The Couch - Rolando Blackman

Without question Rolando Blackman is one of the greatest players in K-State history.  A Big 8 player of the year, member of the 1980 Olympic team, first round NBA pick and a four-time NBA all-star.  It was fun learning a little bit more about Rolando.  Let's dig right in... "Rolando Blackman is what basketball insiders would call a generational shooting guard. A two-time All-American at K-State, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team and recent inductee in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Blackman took his silky-smooth jumper to the NBA's Dallas Mavericks where he became a four-time all-star." ... JM:  That's quite the resume.  Take another look at that Sports Illustrated cover and how high he jumped off the court on that game winning jumper against Oregon State in the NCAA tournament.  It was one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history up to that point.  Here's some video of the game winner.. &quo

From The Couch - Ernie Barrett

There's not much going on right now in the sports world so I'm trying to find some unique topics to write about.  I've always wanted to do a series about the individuals who have had their jerseys retired by Kansas State University.  I was a freshman at K-State in 1991 so I have a good feel about the sports programs from that time going forward, but have never really done a deep dive into the tradition of K-State sports, especially the basketball program.  I figured I would start with the man they call "Mr. K-State," Ernie Barrett.  I had a lot of fun putting this together and as a result this column is a bit long, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and enjoy learning a little bit about Ernie. "His basketball career at K-State is storied.  He captained the 1950-51 team that opened one of America's most spectacular basketball arenas -- fabled Ahearn Field House.  Barrett earned All-America honors for the 1951 team that posted a 25-4 rec

From The Couch - The latest on playing college football this fall - Gene Taylor edition

The Wichita Eagle published an article this week that provided some quotes from K-State athletic director Gene Taylor discussing the possibilities of a college football season this fall.  Let's take a look at what he said. "Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor says the Big 12 is currently discussing seven primary options for the upcoming football season, and he outlined them during a conversation on Friday. Starting the season as scheduled in early September Starting the season in late September and ending games in December Starting the season in October and playing a conference-only schedule Starting the season in September and playing a conference-only schedule Waiting until 2021 and starting the season in January Waiting until 2021 and starting the season in March Splitting up the season with six games in the fall and six games in the spring" Read more here:

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