February 10, 2007

KUís win continues trend

As Bill Self's eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (20-4, 7-2) took the floor to face the new-look Kansas State Wildcats (17-7, 6-3), Wildcats coach Bob Huggins was making his first appearance in a long-standing rivalry that has seen the Jayhawks dominate. Led by Brandon Rush's 18 points, Kansas showed K-State why the rivalry has been so one-sided, blowing out the Wildcats 97-70. The win solidified an ongoing trend of big victories after a loss.

Typically a rivalry game includes the dramatic effect of both teams having the chance to win. In the Kansas-K-State rivalry, KU has dominated 34 of the last 35 contests between the two programs. If it weren't for a home loss to the Wildcats last season, the Jayhawks would be riding a 35-game winning streak against their conference foe.

Five Jayhawks scored in double digits, led by Rush. Freshman guard Sherron Collins continued his strong play, dropping in 11 points to go with seven assists.

Although K-State has improved from years past, they were no match for the talent, speed, athleticism, and strength of Kansas.

On top of that, the Jayhawks are coming off their most disappointing loss of the season against Texas A&M. Not only did KU lose the top spot in the conference, but dropped to a tie for second place with the Wildcats.

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