LAWRENCE, Kan. (Sporting Alert) — There is no secret about this rivalry and Kansas State, more than anything else, are looking forward to avenge the defeat to Kansas when the pair meet on Monday night.
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No. 5 Kansas (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) defeated No. 13 Kansas State (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) 59-55 when the two teams last met with the winners shooting 45.7 percent from the field and out rebounding their arch rivals 31-28 in the rebounding category.
Since the defeat, Kansas St. have gone 4-1, while the Kansas Jayhawks have gone 2-3, but are also on a three game losing streak, including a recent 66-72 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.
“Obviously three in a row is not good, but this game to me today, I’m not leaving out of here disgusted with my team at all because we actually played better,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after his defeat on Saturday.
“You don’t go from being a good team to a bad team overnight.
“We’ve had a couple of bad outings, but we’re still a good team.”
Freshman guard Ben McLemore and senior guard Travis Releford are expected to lead the Jayhawks on Monday.
McLemore, who has scored in double figures in 22 of 23 games, currently averages a team-best 16.3 points per game, while Releford leads the Big 12 with a 59.9 field-goal percentage.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats have won its last four games and are leading the Big 12 ahead of KU.
Kansas State will be looking to its impressive defensive strength, which has been holding opponents to 58.3 points per game, the beat in the conference.
Point guard Angel Rodriguez scored a career-high 20 points in the 79-70 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. He averages 9.9 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Kansas v Kansas State Media Coverage
13/15 Kansas State (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) at 5/5 Kansas (19-4, 7-3 Big 12)
Monday, February 11, 2013 * 8:07 p.m. CT
Lawrence, Kan. * Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Radio: K-State Sports Network
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play); Stan Weber (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91 (home broadcast)