KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The longtime rivals, separated by about 80 miles of interstate, finished the regular-season tied atop the Big 12 standings. But they'll get to settle their differences Saturday night when the seventh-ranked Jayhawks and No. 11 Wildcats meet for their conference tournament title.
The Jayhawks are nine-time defending conference champions who won both of their matchups this season, the first a 59-55 nail-biter in Manhattan and the second an 83-62 rout at Allen Fieldhouse. But the Jayhawks also squandered a chance last Saturday to win the regular-season title outright.
Kansas State lost to Oklahoma State earlier in the day, but the Jayhawks put together one of their worst performances of the season in a loss to Baylor that left the two schools tied.