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News, notes and quotes on No. 7 Kansas' matchup with Kansas State tonight on ESPN Big Monday at 8 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, while expecting a wild crowd facing the Jayhawks.

News, notes and quotes on No. 7 Kansas' matchup with Kansas State tonight on ESPN Big Monday at 8 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, while expecting a wild crowd facing the Jayhawks.

KU is 18-5 and 9-1 in the Big 12, two games ahead of Texas (7-3 in league play).


After losing three of its last four games, KSU (16-7, 6-4 Big 12, tied for fourth place) upset No. 15 Texas, 74-57, at home on Saturday while snapping the Longhorns' seven-game winning streak. Freshman guard Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points (13-16 FG) to lead the Wildcats, the most points by a K-State frosh since Michael Beasley scored 39 against Kansas on March 1, 2008.

Foster leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game while making a team-high 50 three-pointers. Junior forward Thomas Gipson is next in scoring (11.7 ppg, team-high 6.5 rpg), followed by senior guard Shane Southwell (10.7 ppg, team-best 71 assists and 25 blocks), senior guard Will Spradling (7.8 ppg, team-high 28 steals) and freshman forward Wesley Iwundu (7.0 ppg).

KSU averages 68.5 points per game and has a +6.7 scoring margin, while barely outrebounding foes 36.5 to 34.0. The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in scoring defense at 61.8, field goal percentage defense at 39.8 and three-point field goal percentage defense at 29.2. K-State, which forces 13.0 turnovers per game and averages 15.2 assists, shoots 43.5 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three-point range, and 64.7 percent at the free throw line.

Coach Bruce Weber is 43-15 in his second season in Manhattan and 356-170 in his 16th season overall.


KU whipped the Wildcats, 86-60, in the previous meeting at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 11. Andrew Wiggins had a game-high 22 points, while Wayne Selden added 20. Junior forward Nino Williams (12) and Gipson (10) were the only two players in double figures for KSU.

Kansas shot 56.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point range, while holding K-State to 44 percent shooting and 9.1 percent (1-11) from beyond the arc. KU also outrebounded the Wildcats, 33-25.


KU coach Bill Self will certainly not take into account the Jayhawks' winning margin (26 points) over KSU in Allen Fieldhouse in preparing for Big Monday.

"We'll coach the scouting report because it's been a while. I'm sure — and I haven't studied yet — but I'm sure that they're doing some things a little differently than they did the first game (versus Kansas)," Self said after KU's 83-69 victory over West Virginia Saturday.

"I really think the score the first game is totally irrelevant. I think how we guarded them and how they guarded us will be the things that we look at, not whether the ball went in the hole or not. We know it will be a totally different game over there with the energy they get from their fans. It'll be a great test for our young kids to go over there and see how tough we are. I'm going to approach it like we need to put blinders on and not look left or right, only look straight ahead and go with a very focused purpose on the job we have to do and see where we're at. Sometimes we can lose focus pretty easily, but this is one of those games where we can't do that. We need to be pretty intent the next 48 hours."


Selden, for one, isn't preparing for any breaks for Kansas tonight.

"We're expecting a hostile environment, expecting not to get any calls, expecting not to go our way, but battling through it," he said.


Kansas has won its last 11 games on ESPN Big Monday dating back to the 2010-11 season when it lost at Kansas State, 84-68, on Feb. 14, 2011. KU is 51-16 all time on Big Monday, including 32-8 under Self.


Remarkably, Kansas has won 48 of the last 51 meetings with KSU dating back to the 1994 season. KU has won the last six meetings, 13 of the last 14 matchups and holds a 187-91 all-time series lead over the Wildcats, which dates back to 1907. KU is 28-2 in its last 30 trips to Manhattan, which includes a 23-2 record in Bramlage Coliseum.

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