MANHATTAN, KS – Kansas entered the night winners of the last eight matchups against their in-state rivals; however, many thought that this year’s senior-laden Kansas State team would be the one to end that streak, among others, for KU.
It started out that way too. Kansas State lead by as many as nine points throughout much of the first half, but Kansas tightened things down, thanks to an adjustment by Bill Self, where KU switched to a 2-3 zone. Kansas State struggled against the Kansas defense and went nearly nine minutes without a field goal towards the end of the first period.
During that stretch, Kansas managed a 14-1 run to capture the lead and take it into the break, despite shooting just 1 of their last 7 from the field in the first half.
After those first 20 minutes, it seemed like Kansas had taken the wind out of Bramlage’s sails, frustrating the Wildcats offensively and controlling the final 10 minutes.
“We have to stay focused and keep our eyes on the next game,” said Wade.
“We just battled, grinded, fought, whatever you want to say.” said K-State Senior Dean Wade. “It was a dog fight tonight.”