If you want to watch a must win game in February, tonight is your night. The Wildcats host the Jayhawks. The rivalry is upon us again, the Cats are battling to get themselves back in the mix. They were embarrassed in Lawrence. Do they find their redemption tonight, or do they fold and let the season pass them by?
The Jayhawks come to Manhattan at the worst possible time. Freshman phenom, Josh Selby, and interior threat Thomas Robinson will both be forced to watch from the sidelines. The teams are coming off a short rest, and Bramlage Coliseum is electric tonight.
If the Cats are going to emerge victorious, they will need a quick start and a big game from Preseason All-American Jacob Pullen. Pullen will have a favorable matchup of sorts. With his defense, they Cats will hope to harass KU early and create some quick momentum.
With their current lack of frontcourt depth, the key to this game may be foul trouble. If Curtis Kelly and Jamar Samuels can give the Wildcats minutes, the team should challenge to knock off a #1 team on Big Monday for the second time in two seasons.
Kansas State needs this game as much as any this season. They enter tonight firmly on the tournament bubble, and are running out of opportunities for a marquee win. ESPN lists the Wildcats as 36th which puts the pressure at an all-time high. K-State is looking at one of their final opportunities to gain their first victory against an RPI top 25 program.
Last year the Texas Longhorns came into town riding high, and saw their season begin to deflate as they stepped into the Octagon of Doom. The crowd will hope to will their team to another similar game this year.
It is now just an hour until tipoff, the tension is so thick you can smell it. How does this story unfold?
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Written by Shaun Albin