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