After Saturday night’s emotional win over Kentucky, Kansas throws itself back into the heat of the Big 12 race, when they host Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks know that besides the Wildcats status a s hated rival, they will present challenges that they best be ready for, as they try to regain ground in the league race.
"K-State has had a great year,” head coach Bill Self said following Saturday’s 90-84 win over Kentucky. “They've lost some close games in the league, but they've had a great year. They got a good win today, they beat Ole Miss. K-State is a rivalry game, and you can't take games for granted. I know the crowd may never be like it was tonight as far as anticipation and all that stuff, but there's no reason why we can't have the same energy in the building on Wednesday as we had tonight."
The Wildcats have overcome early struggles to begin piecing things together. They have definitely caught the attention of Self.
“I think Weber's done a great job of taking this many new guys and getting them all to buy in to guard the way they have. They are getting more and more confidence offensively. But I think they've been a pleasant surprise. And if you really study them and look at their league record, there are only two games they couldn't have won in league (play). I mean, they're right there to winning games.
“We know they'll be amped up to play, and our guys will be excited to play,” Self continued. “So it should be a fun atmosphere.”