After a victory against West Virginia on Monday, Kansas improved to 19-1 and pushed its winning streak to 18 games. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 1 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, are now just five victories shy of breaking the all-time KU mark for consecutive victories in a single season. The Jayhawks opened the 1996-97 season with 22 straight wins before falling at Missouri. (Kansas also once won 23 straight games between the 1934-35 and 1935-36 seasons).
If Kansas wins its next five, it won't just be a milestone for the program. KU coach Bill Self would also notch his 500th career victory against Texas on Feb. 16 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Here’s a look at Kansas’ next five games — and the likelihood of an upset:
The Cowboys have high-end talent in freshman guard Marcus Smart and sophomore swingman Le’Bryan Nash, two players that Self recruited hard. Oklahoma State, however, has been dogged by a tough Big 12 schedule, and a victory at Allen Fieldhouse seems unlikely. Maybe in Stillwater?
The biggest question: How many KU fans will fill Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth? The Horned Frogs are 0-7 in Big 12 play and appear destined for a 10th-place finish.
At Oklahoma, Feb. 9
At some point, the Jayhawks are going to drop one on the road, right? KU still has trips to Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Baylor on the schedule. But this trip to Norman could be another fight.
Kansas State, Feb. 11
It’s become a K-State tradition: Play KU close in Manhattan, and get run in Lawrence. Bruce Weber will try to change that as the Wildcats battle for second in the Big 12.
Texas, Feb. 16
Mario Chalmers will be in the building to have his jersey retired — and so will top recruit Julius Randle, a forward from Plano, Texas, and ESPN’s College Game Day crew.
Longest single-season winning streaks in school history:
21, 1970-71 and 1935-36