February 19, 2007
A night of firsts?
Kansas State has never beaten Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have never before had a winning record in Big 12 Conference play. K-State hasn't won 20 games in a regular season in nearly 20 years, last accomplishing that feat in the 1987-88 season. If David Hoskins and his teammates knock off the Jayhawks tonight in Manhattan, those clouds hanging over the Wildcat basketball program will finally vanish.
This game has been circled on the calendars of Wildcat fans long before KU (23-4, 10-2) handed K-State (19-8, 8-4) a 97-70 loss in Allen Fieldhouse less than two weeks ago. In the eyes of K-Staters the hiring of Bob Huggins meant the end of perhaps the most embarrassing streak (KU has won 23 straight games in Manhattan) in the storied history of the Sunflower Showdown was nearing an end.
The Wildcats' latest opportunity to stop the slide in Manhattan comes tonight in front of a national audience on ESPNs Big Monday, and K-State didn't even attempt to downplay the importance of the contest after handling Iowa State on Saturday.
"There is no (bigger game)," Hoskins said. "The most important is always the next one, especially when you've never beat them here, it's the most important."
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