Kansas head coach Bill Self is wary of his team being hungover, following their emotional overtime victory over Kentucky, Saturday night. The last time his team won such a thriller came last month, when they outlasted Oklahoma 109-106 in triple overtime.
That game took a lot out of his team and some might say they still haven’t regained what they spent that night, as they have dropped three conference games and now find themselves in danger of not winning the Big 12 for the first time since the 2004 season. With Kansas State coming into Allen Fieldhouse, Wednesday evening, it’s paramount that the Jayhawks get over it and move on, as they can ill afford any surprise league losses.
“Yeah, I would say not like the OU game. I mean, that was like playing an extra game almost it seemed like,” Self said. “The Kentucky game didn't quite feel like that. I could be wrong, but I would think this will have a different feel to it than what the OU game did. The OU game, I gave them two days off, basically. Of course, we can't do that now.”
“But, we gave them off yesterday,” Self continued “Even after the OU game, we went to Tech and won. So I don't know if it was really that. I think it was more after the Tech game, and then the short turnaround at West Virginia. I don't know if that's what did it, but certainly the OU game took something out of us. But I don't feel like this one will have the same effect.”