By Mark Janssen
For the second time in a 12-month period, Kansas State is playing a No. 1-ranked University of Kansas team.
That happens tonight on an ESPN "Big Monday" telecast from Bramlage Coliseum starting at 8.
To the No. 1 billing, KU coach Bill Self said, "Someone has to be No. 1, but I'm not sure that we deserve it. The team that will be No. 2 (Texas) kicked our butt in this building (Allen Fieldhouse.) I believe the last time a No. 1 team went to Bramlage they got beat, which was Texas."
Self was right-on with his facts as last Jan. 19, K-State thumped the No. 1 Longhorns, 71-62. It was only the third win over a top-ranked team in Wildcat history.
Following that was a meeting with No. 1 Kansas at the Big 12 Championships in Kansas City where K-State lost, 72-64.
To the No. 1 ranking, John Wooden Award candidate Marcus Morris said, "I want to be ranked No. 1. I want to have that chip on our shoulder every time we go out. I want to get everybody's best shot because I think we can take it."
3 WINS OVER A NO. 1 TEAM:
In K-State history, three times in 16 tries have the Wildcats defeated a No. 1-ranked team:
• Jan. 19, 2010 - K-State 71, Texas 62 - Bramlage Coliseum
K-State shot just 38-percent from the field, plus a frigid 1-of-12 from 3-point range, but pounded the Longhorns on the boards, 50-41. The Wildcats opened a 10-point, 36-26, lead at the half and held the lead throughout. Jamar Samuels came off the bench to score 20,while Curtis Kelly netted 17. K-State won the game at the line with 20-of-32 shooting while Texas was just 9-of-22. No Longhorn scored more than 11 points.
• Jan. 17, 1994 - K-State 68, No. 1 Kansas 64 - Allen Field House:
Askia Jones netted 26 and Anthony Beane added another 18, while Deryl Cunningham starred on the backboards with 10. K-State's defense was outstanding holding Greg Ostertag to two points and three rebounds, and Jacque Vaughn to four points.
• Feb. 8, 1990 - K-State 65, No. 1 Missouri 58 - Bramlage Coliseum
Jean Derouillere scored 24 and Steve Henson 18 to lead the Wildcats to victory. While K-State shot just 39-percent from the field, the Wildcats limited the Tigers to 29-percent shooting. K-State was down 32-28 at the half, but dominated in the second half. Anthony Peeler led Mizzou with 18 points.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Name the only Wildcat in history that has been on a K-State team that "twice" defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the nation. Read on.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Askia Jones was a freshman when K-State defeated No. 1 Missouri in 1990. Then as a fifth-year senior, Jones played on the Wildcat team in 1994 that knocked off No. 1 Kansas. Jones had six points against the Tigers, and 24 against the Jayhawks.
NO. 2 TEXAS AWAITING: After tonight's game against the No. 1 Jayhawks, the Wildcats have a potential contest with a No. 2 ranked Texas team on Feb. 28, in Austin.