The Jayhawks can't afford to look past a talented young Oklahoma State team, even without star F LeBryan Nash, when travel to Stillwater for ESPN's Big Monday.
Only two days after one of the most emotional wins in program history, the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks will have to regain their focus when they travel to Stillwater to play a dangerous Oklahoma State team.
The Cowboys 14-15 record is deceiving, especially at Gallagher-Iba Arena, where they have already beaten Missouri and Iowa State in Big 12 play.
Oklahoma State may be without star freshman F LeBryan Nash, who fractured his hand during their loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday night and did not play against Texas A&M on Saturday.
However, they still have an extremely talented young team, with two of the most athletic freshman in the country -- 6'8 Michael Cobbins and 6'5 Bryan Williams -- still in the starting line-up.
But their unquestioned leader is 5'9 senior Keiton Page, who looks like he belongs in a Division III game but still averages 16.2 points a game due to his lethal perimeter jumper, excellent ball-handling skills and overall feel for the game.
The Cowboys are also one of the few teams in the Big 12 with the size to match up with the Kansas front-line, as they bring an athletic 6'11 270 center -- junior Philip Jurick -- off the bench.
The Jayhawks steam-rolled Oklahoma State 81-66 in the first meeting of the year between the two teams, and they still have an edge in talent, especially when it comes to experience, against the Cowboys.
But the blowout win could give them a false sense of security, as Oklahoma State's young players are unlikely to be as rattled as they were by the Phog Allen crowd earlier in the year.
The 8:00 PM game will be televised nationally as a part of ESPN's "Big Monday".