Tech Visits #2 Kansas On Saturday

It's tough to win on the road in the Big 12 Conference.

Call it a cliche, but Tech has the road record to prove it.


The No. 24 Raiders are 1-3 away from the United Spirit Arena during Big 12 play and face their biggest road test of the season when they tangle with No. 2-ranked Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.


"Everybody is going to be ready in this conference," Tech forward Pawel Storozynski said. "Everyone shows up to win. We are going to show up to win. Kansas is going to show up to win. It is very tough in this conference."


Tech's lone conference win was against Texas A&M in early January.


Tech guard Mikey Marshall said it's frustrating to know Tech can beat a team but lose to them on the road.


"You always have that in the back of your mind," Marshall said about Wednesday's loss at Oklahoma State. "We beat them handily here. And by losing to them there, it hurts."


Why can't the Raiders pull it together on the road?


"We need to concentrate more," Marshall said.


Storozynski said the only difference about playing at home and competing on the road is the color of the uniform.


"We wear white at home and black on the road," Storozynski said. "The rims are the same everywhere."


Tech (16-5 overall, 5-4 Big 12) has also endured many loud atmospheres this season.


At home, the Raider fans pack the house, and on the road, Tech has played in front of soldout crowds in all four Big 12 contests.


"We have to use (the opposing crowd) as motivation," Storozynski said. "It is pretty exciting to play in front of big crowds."


Kansas (20-2, 9-0) has been dominating opponents this season.


The Jayhawks have won seven straight games and sit comfortably atop the Big 12 standings, two games ahead of Oklahoma.


Storozynski calls Saturday's game a must win.


"We have to get this game," Storozynski said. "It is huge."


Marshall agreed.


"We can't get farther behind," Marshall said. "This game can give us a lot more confidence. If it is going to be hard (to bounce back from the OSU loss), then we are going to lose again. We can't let it be hard."



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