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Number one goes down -- again

Posted on: February 14, 2011 11:24 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 1:28 am
Posted by Jeff Borzello

For the second time in three days, the No. 1 team in the land went on the road and lost.

Kansas, who took over the top spot earlier today on the heels of Ohio State’s loss at Wisconsin, was knocked off its perch Monday night by Kansas State, 84-68.

It was only the third time in the last 45 meetings that Kansas State has defeated Kansas.

The Jayhawks simply ran into a buzzsaw, as the Wildcats had their backs against the wall and absolutely needed a victory. Kansas State had just come off of a late loss to Colorado over the weekend and was getting very little respect heading into the Sunflower State showdown.

Jacob Pullen scored a career-high 38 points, while the Wildcats’ defense shut down the 3-point line and neutralized Markieff Morris and Josh Selby.

It’s very difficult to overestimate how big of a win this was for Kansas State, especially after all it has been through this season.

Two players leaving the team, Pullen being suspended earlier this year, Curtis Kelly being suspended on three separate occasions, constant drama surrounding the program – it was all forgotten on Monday night.

Moreover, for a team that was picked by many to reach the Final Four, the win now gives Kansas State a very good shot at making the NCAA Tournament.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:32 am

Number one goes down -- again

What has Ohio State done all year other than play the 33rd toughest schedule of the year? Their body of work is horrible as they have only played 3 currently ranked teams all year. You can't compare the quality of games to that of an Texas, Pitt or even Kansas. I'm a Horn but I believe that Pitt should had been the new #1. Their schedule and quality of wins is very impressive. Ohio State is ranked right where they should be. They are finally hitting the hardest part of their schedule and we will finally see what kind of team they really are! 24-0 doesnt mean anythign without any quality wins... They beat who again? Outside of Florida & Purdue their resume stinks, and btw they have a rematch with both Purdue & the Badgers coming up again. Now if they impress then maybe, they deserve a right at being no. 1. Nobody wins @ Wiscousin!! Well they said the same about Michigan St.'s home court(Texas won) & Villanova's home court(Pitt won)!! To me... those Buckeyes just CHOKED UP! Just like Kansas did last night!

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 1:31 am

Number one goes down -- again

Kansas shouldn't have been placed at #1 to begin with. Ohio State didn't do anything that should've booted them from the #1 spot. Kansas lost big at home to Texas, and now has lost big on the road to Kansas State. Texas, for all that they have done recently, still has lost three games. Are we only going to count the last week? Last two weeks? Three? The only objective way to look at it is how have the teams done all year. Ohio State lost by 4 points to a team that loses once every two years at home. Nobody wins at Wisconsin. Ohio State is the #1 team, and until they lose multiple games, nothing should change that.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:54 am

Number one goes down -- again

You've made this K State Alum very un-happy! I believe 'great' is spelled 'great.' Other than that it was a great game! Pullen finally made some shots!

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:01 am

Number one goes down -- again

Cats, you made a KSU alum very happy.  Grate game!

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