Last season this match up between in state rivals was huge! The
Jayhawks were playing phenomenal basketball last year which resulted
in an eventual NCAA championship over John Calipariís Memphis
Tigers. Kansas State also had a lot of success behind their super
Freshman Michael Beasley, but like many superstars in college
basketball Beasley was one and done.
This season both teams have quite a different look to them with
Kansas sitting at the 16 ranking in the country and Kansas State
struggling to break into the Top 25.
The Jayhawks have been perfect at home with an undefeated 14-0
record at Allen Field house Arena with their only losses coming on
the road to UMass, Arizona, Michigan State and just recently in a
heart breaker to conference rival Missouri.
Coming into the match up against Missouri last Monday the Jayhawks
were on an eight game winning streak which started with a win
against the Kansas State Wildcats back on January 13th.
When the Kansas Jayhawks started getting it going against the
Missouri Tigers it looked like they were going to make it nine
straight wins and just another win over a conference opponent as
they were up on Missouri by 14 points at the half. Missouri had
other plans in the second as they went off for 46 points and ended
up beating their conference rivals by two points 62-60.
With that huge loss to Missouri the Jayhawks will be looking to
rebound quickly and not lose any more ground in the Big 12
conference as they try and chase Big 12 leading Oklahoma Sooners.
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Although the Kansas State Wildcats are on a roll as of late winning
four straight, the Jayhawks will come into this game with all the
confidence as they beat the Wildcats in convincing fashion last time
they met back in mid January by 16 points.
The Wildcats will arguably be the hotter team coming into this match
up as they have beaten some very good teams as of late including
Missouri who just beat Kansas. With wins over Texas and Missouri the
Wildcats just might have a legit chance of pulling off the upset
over the Jayhawks.
The key to the Jayhawks not letting their rivals get the best of
them will be containing the Wildcats deadly duo of guards in Denis
Clemente and Jacob Pullen. These two have been solid on the
offensive end for the Wildcats as they combine for over 27 points a
Kansas also have a pair of dynamic players who can also put up the
points in center Cole Aldrich, who is scoring 14.3 points and 10
rebounds a game, and guard Sherron Collins who contributes with a
team leading 17.6 points and 5 assists per contest.
Kansas opened up as a 1 point favorite here. We're going to back the
slight home dog in this one. Kansas State
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