For all the big performances, memorable moments and clutch plays that helped lead No. 9 Kansas to a wild, 80-76 home victory over No. 24 Iowa State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self had a way of summing it all up that made this latest KU victory sound rather simple. By Matt Tait
Monday night’s 80-76 win by No. 9 Kansas against No. 24 Iowa State marked the second of four ESPN Big Monday appearances this season for the Kansas men’s basketball program, a ritual of sorts that has become as common as Kansas returning to Maui every four years for the Maui Invitational. And as important as the Big Monday showcases are to the Jayhawks and their passionate basketball fans, there are people at ESPN who believe the Kansas brand is equally as important to Big Monday.
One way or another the four-way tie atop the Big 12 standings was getting broken up by the end of Big Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. At least for a day. The winner of Kansas State-Texas Tech will get a chance to join Kansas 20-some hours after the fact, but until then, the conference lead belongs to the Jayhawks.