Scouting KState

News, notes and quotes on the Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and Kansas State tonight at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan at 8 on ESPN Big Monday. The Jayhawks are now No. 1 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after previous No. 1 Ohio State's loss to Wisconsin Saturday.

KU is 24-1 and 9-1 in the Big 12 following its 89-66 victory over Iowa State Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Bob Knight, Brent Musburger and Holly Rowe will call the action for ESPN.

SCOUTING K-STATE

Kansas State (16-9, 4-6 Big 12) is coming off a 58-56 loss at Colorado Saturday, snapping its two-game winning streak and 10-game overall winning streak in February. KSU shot just 30.8 percent in the loss.

K-State, which is is 12-2 at home this season, is led by senior guard Jacob Pullen with a team-high 18 points per game, while also pacing KSU with 82 assists and 35 steals. Sophomore guard Rodney McGruder is second in scoring (11.0 ppg, team-high 6.4 rpg), followed by junior forward Jamar Samuels (9.7 ppg), senior forward Curtis Kelly (9.6 ppg), freshman guard Will Spradling (6.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Martavious Irving (5.0 ppg).

K-State is scoring 72.8 points per game and allowing 65.7. The Wildcats own an impressive +7.8 rebound margin and average 15.0 free throws made per game.

SELF ON THE CATS

KU coach Bill Self has great respect for K-State coach Frank Martin and his team.

"Kansas State is a place that is always tough and they are going to want to put a little something back on us for that game here," Self said about KU's 90-66 victory in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 29. "They are a good team. If we are ranked No. 1, it will add to the interest of the game and we have to be ready to play. We know we will get a great effort from them and it will be a great rivalry game for us. In order for us to have any desire to win the league we cannot let any games slip by."

The Jayhawks are one game behind Texas (10-0) in league play.

LAST TIME OUT

Kansas dominated the Wildcats in its 90-66 win in Lawrence. KU shot 69.7 percent in the second half and 61.8 percent for the game, while holding KSU to 19.4 percent shooting in the first half and 33.8 percent for the contest.

Markieff Morris led four Jayhawks in double figures with 20 points, while Thomas Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Pullen led K-State with 21 points, but was just 8-of-22 from the field.

READY FOR NO. 1

Junior forward Marcus Morris talked optimistically about wanting that No. 1 ranking after the Iowa State game Saturday.

"I want to be ranked number one," Morris said. "I want to have that chip on our shoulder every time we go out. I want to get everybody's best shot because I think we can take it."

"A MAN'S GAME"

Marcus Morris expects a very hostile environment in Bramlage.

"Their fans are going to be juiced," he said. "We're going to be No. 1 going in there. It's going to be a tough environment. Basically, it's going to be a man's game."

THE SERIES

KU holds a 73-44 advantage over KSU in games played in Manhattan, including a 21-1 record in Bramlage Coliseum. KU's only loss in Bramlage came on Jan. 30, 2008, 84-75, during the Jayhawks' national championship season.

Kansas has won 42 of the last 44 meetings overall and is 181-90 all time against K-State.

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