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OPEN GAME THREAD: Kansas (Part 2)


#5 Kansas St. Wildcats (24-4 | 11-3) AT #2 Kansas Jayhawks (27-2 | 13-1)

The Battle for First Place (sort of) | The Sunflower Series
Allen Fieldhouse — Lawrence, Kan.
Wednesday, March 3 — 7:05 PM CST

Big 12 Network | ESPN Full Court | ESPN360

I have no words for our enemy tonight. We're past the point of needing words.

It's time for action.

For my previous analysis of the Jayhawks, click here. To remind yourself of what happened last time (and how could you really forget?), click here.

For K-State's game notes, follow the jump.

From the K-State Sports Information Department:

Kansas State (24-4, 11-3 Big 12) begins the final week of the regular season at famed Allen Fieldhouse, when the Wildcats travel to Lawrence on Wednesday to face archrival No. 2 Kansas (27-2, 13-1 Big 12) at 7 p.m.

The squad still has an opportunity to tie the Jayhawks for the Big 12 crown — two Wildcat wins and a loss by Kansas at Missouri on Saturday would give K-State a conference title for the first time since 1977.

Several streaks will be on the line in the contest — the Jayhawks own the nation's longest home court winning streak at 58 games, while the Wildcats have won a school-record (Big 12 era) seven consecutive conference games, including six straight on the road.

This will be the 269th meeting between the two rivals in a series that dates back to 1907.

It will mark just the third time that both schools have been ranked in the Top 5 when playing and the first time since Feb. 3, 1958.

This will be the first time K-State has been involved in a Top 5 match-up since No. 2 Cincinnati knocked off No. 4 K-State, 69-64, on March 18, 1961, in the NCAA Tournament at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas owns a 177-91 record all-time, including an 80-35 mark in Lawrence.

The game will be broadcast regionally on the Big 12 Network, as well as nationally on ESPN Full Court, with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play), Reid Gettys (analyst) and Melissa Knowles (sidelines) on the call.

K-State moved further up in the Top 10 on Monday, ranking fifth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.

It marks the school's first AP Top 5 ranking since March 7, 1962, when the Wildcats ranked third, while it is their fifth Top 10 ranking in both polls this season, including the fourth straight week.

It is the highest ranking in the coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1993-94.

It marks the first time that the program has ranked among the AP Top 15 for nine consecutive weeks since the 1961-62 squad was ranked among the AP Top 10 for 15 weeks, while the team's current 12-week stay in the AP Top 25 is the longest since the 1972-73 squad was ranked for 16 straight weeks.

The Wildcats are off to their best start in nearly 50 years with their current 24-4 record.

Their 24 wins tie for the fourth-most in school history and the most since the 1987-88 squad won a school-record 25 en route to the Elite Eight.

The team posted its 23rd 20-win season on Feb. 13, becoming the first Wildcat squad to tally 20 or more wins in four consecutive seasons.

In addition, Frank Martin became the first head coach in school history to post three 20-win seasons to start a career, while the win over Oklahoma on Feb. 20 gave him the most wins by a head coach in his first three seasons.

K-State ran its winning streak to seven games on Saturday with a gritty 63-53 victory over Missouri at Bramlage Coliseum.

It was the Wildcats' seventh in a row in league play, which ranks as the longest in the Big 12 era and the most since the 1976-77 totaled eight straight.

Sophomore Jamar Samuels led four players in double figures with a game-high 14 points, while junior Curtis Kelly grabbed his fourth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.