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No. 7 Kansas, K-State ready for Big Monday tussle

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Feb. 12 2012 9:25 a.m. MST

Kansas State Will Spradling, center, shoots as he is defended by Texas' J'Covan Brown, left, and Alexis Wangmene, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Austin, Texas.

Eric Gay, Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. — No. 7 Kansas is hitting the road for another Big Monday matchup.

This time, the Jayhawks visit rival Kansas State for the marquee televised game.

Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, the Jayhawks are 43-16 on Big Monday, though just 18-15 on the road. That includes a 24-8 mark since Self took over as coach.

Only recently has Kansas State risen to the level of such marquee matchups, making four Big Monday appearances last season. Their game against the Jayhawks is their only one this season.

The quick turnaround from a Saturday game to Monday night is one of the reasons that Kansas State coach Frank Martin says he has such respect for Bill Self and Kansas.

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