In a conference tournament, competition can always be the one equalizer and that alone should keep Kansas on their toes, as they prepare to face Texas Tech (11-19,3-15) for a third time this season, Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.
The Red Raiders will come into the contest fresh off an emotional last second 71-69 win over West Virginia, Wednesday night, which came when forward Dejan Kravic came up with an offensive rebound and put back of a missed shot with 0.4 seconds to play.
"That's part of the game, again, that's competition," Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said. "That's why I like coaching in the Big 12. That's why my players like playing in the Big 12. You've got an opportunity to play on national TV and postseason play versus the number one seed in the league."
The Jayhawks' road will only increase in difficulty after Thursday's game. If they should get by the Red Raiders, they will either face Iowa State or Oklahoma, Friday, followed by a possible rematch with Oklahoma State or Kansas State.
However, in a tournament situation, one cannot afford to overlook any opponent. Tech hopes their dramatic victory, Wednesday can propel them to an unthinkable upset of top seeded Kansas.
"I think the win's going to bring us closer," forward Jordan Tolbert said. "We're just going to talk more as a team and just do everything we can to win."