Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks' Biggest Worries Against Kansas State

Brittany JohnsonContributor IIIJanuary 22, 2013

The Kansas Jayhawks will take on Kansas State January 22 in Bramlage Coliseum, 8 p.m. ET.
The Kansas Jayhawks will take on Kansas State January 22 in Bramlage Coliseum, 8 p.m. ET.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

In what may be the most exciting game thus far for the Kansas Jayhawks, it may also turn out to be the most challenging. Kansas will face the Kansas State Wildcats January 22 in the Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Kansas at 8 p.m. ET. There is no doubt that both teams will be amped as both teams have come off of wins. These programs are no stranger to rivalry, and this certainly a rivalry that runs deep.

So much is at stake for both teams. Both Kansas and Kansas State have an undefeated record in the Big 12. The top spot for the conference is up for grabs. Kansas is on a nation-leading 15 game-winning streak. They should have nothing to worry about, right?

While it would be easy to write off Kansas State, there is no clear reason that they have no chance to pull the upset. Firstly, Kansas State has not allowed two of its last six opponents to score 60 or more points. Kansas has scored 60 or more points in every game this season. Kansas will face a defense that will be able to contain their high-scoring offense. Kansas’ offense has been on the ropes lately, and you can bet that Kansas State will take advantage of their vulnerability with a vengeance.

Let’s not forget that this is a rivalry. While it certainly has been Kansas to win for the most part, Kansas State has all the more reason to take the top spot in the Big 12. Kansas State has not been in a position like this, and now that they are, there is no stopping them. They want that No. 1 spot; Kansas should not write this off as just another game. This is a lot bigger than that.

Kansas State having home-field advantage will be one of Kansas’ biggest worries. The Wildcats fans will be in full force, ready to jeer and yell to rally on their team in Bramlage Coliseum. Emotions will be running high, which in Kansas’ case, can throw their ultimate goal. In Kansas State’s case, this could very well be the reason they upset the Jayhawks.

Sure, the rivalry has been lopsided for years, but the past is now the past. Kansas State will be ready. Will Kansas?