"It's one of the craziest things I've been through in my life," said KSU sophomore Dominique Sutton of last year's trip. "It was so loud you couldn't hear coach Frank (Martin) calling plays."
A native of Durham, N.C., Sutton said he had been to home games at North Carolina and Duke, but says, "This (Allen Fieldhouse) takes it to a whole new level. The noise is like a football game. It's like the top is going to be blown off the roof. I thought I was going deaf for a moment."
KU has won 36 of the last 38 meetings with K-State, plus holds an all-time Allen Fieldhouse advantage of 38-18, and a 79-35 margin in games played in Lawrence.
After defeating the Jayhawks last year in Manhattan, K-State will be trying to score a victory over KU in consecutive years for the first time since 1993 (74-67 in Kansas City) and 1994 (68-64 in Lawrence).
The numbers compare equally between the two teams as both are averaging 79 points per game, while K-State's defense has been a bit better – 61.0 to KU's 65.9 – but against lesser non-conference competition.
"I think our defense has to be good. That's where it starts and ends with us, and then we have to rebound," said Martin on the key to victory.
Sutton added, "Playing aggressive. Just playing like we have all year. Playing good hard defense and then taking the ball and run the floor."
And, handling the Allen fieldhouse atmosphere.
"We just have to be ready," Sutton said. "The crowd is going to say some stuff to take you out of your game, but you have to block it out and focus on playing your game."
If K-State can play its game against this unranked Jayhawk team, Jacob Pullen said, "It can be a real good wake-up call for the rest of the league. It's a chance to show we can win games in tough places."
Scoring: KSU 79.6 KU 79.3
Def. Scoring: KSU 61.0 KU 65.9
FG Percent: KSU .450 KU .471
FG Def. Percent: KSU .382 KU .385
3-Point.Percent: KSU .356 KU .364
FT Percent: KSU .632 KU .725
Rebounding: KSU 41.1 KU 39.8
Turnovers: KSU 13.8 KU 13.9
Assists: KSU 15.5 KU 17.9