No. 2 Kansas at Kansas State
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 5 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
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▪ TV/RADIO: ESPN2; WHB (810 AM) for the K-State broadcast, KCSP (610 AM) for KU
▪ ABOUT KANSAS (22-4, 10-3 Big 12): With a one-game lead over West Virginia in the standings, Kansas can go a long way towards securing at least a share of its 12th straight Big 12 regular-season title with a victory over K-State on Saturday. The Jayhawks still have tough road games left against Baylor and Texas, so stumbling for a third straight year in Manhattan would leave the team needing a strong finish to hold off the Mountaineers. KU coach Bill Self and his players said they wouldn’t be motivated by last year’s K-State court-storming in Manhattan when a student made contact with forward Jamari Traylor, but guard Wayne Selden said the junior class had talked openly about getting a win at Bramlage after going 0-2 there the last two seasons.
▪ ABOUT KANSAS STATE (15-11, 4-9 Big 12): Bruce Weber thinks the 77-59 loss K-State suffered at Kansas was closer than the score indicated. The Wildcats took an early lead and played the Jayhawks tough for much of the second half, but lost control during an ugly stretch near the end of the first half. Take away five bad minutes, Weber says, and things might have gone differently. He hopes K-State can play well for 40 minutes on Saturday. A victory would significantly boost K-State’s postseason chances, which took a hit following losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett