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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

KU to face K-State in Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinals

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) battles for position with Kansas State forward D.J. Johnson (4) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) battles for position with Kansas State forward D.J. Johnson (4) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

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The Sunflower Showdown will have a third edition during the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

Because of eighth-seeded Kansas State's 75-71 victory over ninth-seeded Oklahoma State in the opening game of the Big 12 championship, the Kansas University men's basketball team will have to take down its rival from the west for a third time this season to move on in the Big 12 Conference's postseason tournament.

K-State, which led 40-23 at halftime before being outscored 48-35 in the second half, got 20 points from freshman Dean Wade, 17 from Justin Edwards and 14 more from Wesley Iwundu.

Wade struggled in both games against the Jayhawks (27-4) this season

"The K-State-KU games are always intense, rivalry games," Wade said after Wednesday's victory. "It's a big game for us. We'll just go back to the hotel and get some rest and bring it back tomorrow."

Added Edwards: "It is definitely going to be challenging. The No. 1 team in the country. Obviously, they will be playing at a high level."

The Wildcats (17-15) played KU tough during both games this season, falling in Lawrence, 77-59, and losing last month in Manhattan, 72-63. The end of the game in Lawrence featured the latest Brannen Greene controversy, as the KU junior dunked the ball with a couple of seconds remaining on the clock while both teams had quit playing.

The bucket drew the ire of KU coach Bill Self and, later, inspired K-State fans to heckle Greene more than they normally would have.

It should be interesting to see what Round 3 brings, in a great environment in front of a couple of charged up fan bases.

KU and K-State are scheduled to tip-off at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Comments

Harlan Hobbs 2 years, 7 months ago

It always interests me how the media loves to perpetuate a story line. I suppose we are going to hear about the Brannen Greene dunk for the next few years whenever KU and KSU play. It's kind of like the game several years ago at TCU when KU infamously played a horrible game and lost. Every time since, when ESPN has televised our game against them in Fort Worth, they lead off with that story. I can only imagine the drumbeat from last year if we face Wichita State again in the NCAA tournament.

At least the trite comments about "Hilton magic" in Ames have subsided a little since they lost a couple of conference home games this year. Of course, I am sure that the other teams in the conference get tired of "Beware of the Phog" when they come to Lawrence. However, until they beat us on our home court (we had the only undefeated home record this year), they will just have to continue getting used to it.

Eliott Reeder 2 years, 7 months ago

Right!?! Talk about beating a dead, buried, and long forgotten horse. It was one little dunk that Self made too big of a deal about in the post game. Story OVER.

Bryce Landon 2 years, 7 months ago

I'll be in the Sprint Center for tomorrow's KU-KSU game, as well as for the preceding game between UT-BU. Hopefully the fur will be flying as the Jayhawks skin the Mildcats alive.

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