MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — On the eve of game No. 272 between Kansas and Kansas State, fans of both bitter rivals were of one mind. Everybody wanted the Jayhawks to move up Monday afternoon from No. 2 to No. 1.
Prestige, bragging rights and an exciting sense that this year's team is headed for big things were at stake for the Jayhawks (24-1, 9-1 Big 12).
For the troubled Wildcats (16-9, 4-6), a No. 1 ranking for Kansas when the two tip off at 8:05 p.m. Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum would provide a delicious ambush opportunity. Maybe they could do to the Jayhawks what they did to Texas almost exactly a year ago.
In January 2010, the Longhorns had just been declared No. 1 when they ventured into Manhattan on a chilly Monday night and got beat 71-62.