The Big 12 mens basketball season kicks off tonight with a heated in-state rivalry between ranked 10-3 Kansas (No. 14/15) and 11-1 Kansas State (23/22) in the Sunflower Showdown.
Emerging from a grueling non-conference run (Duke, Villanova, Kentucky), the Jayhawks are led by All-American candidate Thomas Robinson, currently averaging a double-double with 17.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, the only player in the Big 12 to do so. Robinson posted career highs with 30 points and 21 rebounds against North Dakota.
K State has won six straight after losing in double overtime to West Virginia. Junior guard Rodney McGruder leads KSU in scoring with 12.5 points per game. He averages 5.2 rebounds per game. The Wildcats hope to change a series dominated by KU, as the Jayhawks have won 42 of the last 45 meetings and seven of the last eight.
Date / time: Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
TV: Big 12 Network
Odds: Kansas (-8.5)
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