The poor offense in the Big 12 continued On Wednesday in an ugly game at times in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas State tried to blow a big lead at the end of the game but they managed to hold on for the win.
We also had a good amount of baseball news Wednesday as well. We got the decision on Kris Bryant’s grievance with the Cubs, the Astros picked a new manager and we received another detail on the roster limits for 2020.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS STATE (61) VS OKLAHOMA (53)
Kansas State started off well in both halves but allowed Oklahoma to fight back both times. However, the Wildcats had enough to hold on and win by eight points.
Mike McGuirl came off the bench and scored 16 points in 27 minutes on 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.
Cartier Diarra didn’t start but he did play 26 minutes and struggled. He scored ten points but that was on 5-for-11 shooting inside the arc and 0-for-5 behind it. He also had three turnovers in the game. Diarra is fun to watch when his shots are falling but he just has too many games in which it isn’t. Bruce Weber should maybe cut down on his minutes but the team needs his offense when he is hitting.
Kansas State’s defense was tough in this game. They held the Sooners to 19% shooting from behind the arc on 4-for-21 shooting. The Sooners also turned the ball over 19 times to just eight for Kansas State. The Wildcats also added 12 steals.
Kansas State has to travel to West Virginia on Saturday. The Wildcats won the first game between these two teams by 16 but Saturday will be much different.
The Columbia Missourian reported that Missouri’s Athletic department lost money for the third consecutive year in 2019. The 2019 fiscal year deficit was $1.79 million. The deficit dropped for the third consecutive year.
The MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at the end of the week. The league and players are working on a new agreement.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant lost his grievance against the team in which he argued that he should be awarded an additional year of service time because the Cubs held him down in the minors to manipulate his service time. I’m not sure how Bryant expected to win this. The clubs are allowed to decide when to promote players to the major leagues. If they wanted they could have refused to ever promote him to the major leagues. Players need to focus on this in the next CBA if they want to change it but they are going to have to give up something to get it.
The Houston Astros hired Dusty Baker to be their manager, replacing AJ Hinch who was suspended for the 2020 season. Baker reportedly signed a one-year contract with a club option.
MLB ROSTER LIMITS
MLB rosters expand to 26 this season. On Wednesday clubs were notified that they can carry no more than 13 pitchers except for doubleheaders in which they can have 14 active pitchers.
WHAT TO WATCH
It’s Big Ten Thursday! Who’s excited? Nobody? Well, the conference is pretty good this season so you might want to watch.
Minnesota is at Illinois at 6:30 pm on FS1. Illinois is tied with Michigan State in the loss column in the conference at 7-2. Minnesota is 5-5, three games out of first place.
Iowa is at Maryland on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 pm. Iowa and Maryland are both 6-3, two games out of first place. This is the game I would recommend tonight.
PODCAST: In the Sunday podcast this week, I talked a lot about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball. I went through the arguments and punishment and explained why Scott Boras is completely wrong regarding his reasons for why he said that the players do not need to apologize. I compared Scott Boras’ arguments on why he thinks Astros players should not apologize for cheating to George Costanza’s argument against losing his job for having sex in the office. I also talked a little about the games played by the local college hoops teams over the weekend.
Tonight I will be talking about the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday as well as the college basketball in the early part of the week and the latest MLB news.
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