February 19, 2007

KU and KSU prepare for Sunflower Showdown

Bill Self and the eighth- Kansas Jayhawks (23-4; 10-2) have a major hurdle to clear tonight. Having won four straight games by an average of 31-points per contest, KU travels to Manhattan, Kan., for a Big Monday Showdown with the Kansas State Wildcats (19-8; 8-4). For Self and the Hawks, extending their winning streak to 24 straight games in Manhattan will be no easy task.

According to first year head coach Bob Huggins, KU's winning streak against KSU in Manhattan will come to an end later tonight. Back on October 19, Huggins guaranteed the Wildcat faithful that the streak would officially end during their season-opening "Madness in Manhattan" at Bramlage Coliseum.

"Remember, Feb. 19 is when we beat 'The Streak.' Then we will have a rivalry," Huggins said.

When these two teams first met back on February 7, it was a one-sided affair. Kansas led Kansas State, 47-35 and the half, and cruised to a 97-70 victory. Like so many previous Sunflower Showdowns, the Jayhawks completely dominated the Wildcats from start to finish.

Five players Mario Chalmers (11), Sherron Collins (11), Brandon Rush (18), Darrell Arthur (14) and Darnell Jackson (13) scored in double-figures back on February 7. Additionally, Julian Wright and Sasha Kaun chipped in nine-points apiece.

KU out rebounded KSU, 46-24 and dished out 22 dimes to just 10 turnovers. The Jayhawks could simply do no wrong against the Wildcats.

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