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Utah State Watch Party - March 17, 2011
As expected Utah State played K-State strong before losing to the Cats 73-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A smothering defense and great free throw shooting (24 of 28 attempts) was the difference in the game for K-State. Along with the team, the CaliforniaCats at Ricky's had a great time as did all of the St. Patrick's day revelers.
 

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Big XII Tournament Watch Party - March 10, 2011
Colorado and K-State met for the third time this season last week at the Big XII Tournament in Kansas City. The Cats were confident that the third meeting would result in a victory after two previous losses. Confidence and reality are sometimes not the same as the Buffs once more defeated the Cats 87-75.

Iowa State Watch Party - March 5, 2011
Iowa State came to play on Saturday as they kept the score close until the later stages of the game when K-State stretched their lead to the final winning score of 67-55. It was senior night in Manhattan and Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly both played well for most of this morning game.

Missouri Watch Party - February 26, 2011
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continued its resurgent winning streak in a 80-70 victory over Missouri. The Cats came out strong as Jacob Pullen nailed three straight 3's in the opening minutes. Missouri cut a ten point K-State lead to three at half and actually had the lead for a few seconds in the second half before K-State started to pull away late. The game was close and was similar to last Wednesday's exciting Nebraska

Oklahoma Watch Party - February 19, 2011
K-State did not have a let-down playing Oklahoma following the big victory earlier in the week over Kansas. The Cats ran out to a quick first half lead and defeated the Sooners 77-62 Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. Jacob Pullen and Rodney McGruder both had a good day and the team might have figured out their consistency at the free throw line as they shot extremely well hitting 19 of 21.

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KU Watch Party - February 5, 2011
Following a very disappointing and discouraging loss to Colorado Saturday evening, K-State, in a nationally televised game,
played with a mission tonight as the Cats clobbered KU 84-68 in Bramlage, aka the Octagon of Doom. All victories are sweet, especially those at the expense of KU, as Kansas was voted No.1 earlier in the day. The shooting accuracy that eluded the Cats earlier in Lawrence and Boulder was nowhere to be seen as they shot over 56% from the field, 50% three point shots and an outstanding 82% from the line. Tonight's victory belonged to the overall effort of the entire team, especially Jacob Pullen who finished the evening with a career high 38 points!
 

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Iowa State Watch Party - February 5, 2011
K-State played the most exciting game of the year In Ames today. In a see-saw battle, the Cats regained the lead with 2.6 seconds remaining with a lay-up by Jacob Pullen that resulted in a 86-85 victory. Road vistories against any opponent are very difficult even in Ames. The victory gives K-State a much needed two game winning streak and continued hope for a berth in the NCAA tournament.
 

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KU Watch Party - January 29, 2011
No way to sugarcoat the outcome of this game for the seventeen CaliforniaCats fans that were at Ricky's to cheer on the Cats as they played KU in Lawrence. Rumor has it the team did not show up, as K-State was embarrassed by the Jayhawks losing 90-66.
 

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Texas A&M Watch Party - January 22, 2011
On Monday, the Cats travelled to Columbia and were defeated by a very solid Missouri team. K-State played fairly well for much of the game and then went cold late, which resulted in the 75-59 blowout loss. How the team would respond on Saturday for Texas A&M at College Station was the pregame topic at Ricky's. In essence, the Cats played well early, slipped up and got behind, played well to get back into the game and lead by six half way through the second half and were within two points with a minute to go. The final losing score, 64-56 was not indicative of a well played game. Poor free throw shooting once again was the difference between losing and winning.
 

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Texas Tech Watch Party - January 15, 2011
A tale of two K-State teams this week. On Wednesday the Cats were soundly defeated by Colorado and entered today's game 0-2 in Conference play. Though Texas Tech is having an off-year, today K-State played lights out shooting over 50% from the field including 3-point shots and hitting over 81% from the free throw line! Final score 94-60. Wow! In addition to the team growing more mature, Coach Martin is maturing as a coach. Until today, whenever a player made a mistake he was yanked from the game, which impacted the continuity of team play. Mistakes today did not result in a players immediate removal thus the team started to play more as a TEAM. Hopefully, the Cats have turned the corner and will play like everyone expected. Monday's game against Missouri should be interesting.

 

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Florida Watch Party - December 18, 2010
K-State started off strong in Saturday's game with Florida as the defense dominated the first ten minutes of the game. As the first half came to a close the Gators continued to chip away at the Cats lead finishing three behind at the half. In the second half the Gators continued their strong play and went ahead with only a couple of minutes played and never looked back. K-State had to have had one of the worst shooting efforts in school history as they missed eighteen straight field goals spanning the first and second half and shot less than 27% for the game. Ultimately the Cats got embarrassed by the Gators 57-44. 
 

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Gonzaga Watch Party - November 22, 2010
Last night, K-State played it's second ranked team of the season, #18 Gonzaga and  came away with a victory in the CBE Classic in Kansas City defeating them 81-64. The Cats were extremely sharp shooting three-point shots as they hit 12 of 26. It seems the biggest concern for this team has been their extremely poor foul shooting, which will cost them victories this season. The Gonzaga game was the first of eleven Basketball Watch Parties at Ricky's. Considering the game was played on a weekday evening our attendance of nine K-Staters was impressive.

 

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