The latest college basketball rankings came out on Monday and the Kansas Jayhawks dropped two spots from No. 1 to No. 3 in the AP poll (and No. 2 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll) after losing to the Kansas State Wildcats one week ago on Big Monday. KU basketball returns to Big Monday on ESPN this week hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
KU should remember OSU after what happened last year. The Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in the country last year on February 27th and made a trip to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State. The result: 85-77 loss. It was just the second loss of the year for KU and they dropped to No. 2 the following week.
This time around the Cowboys will have to come to Allen Fieldhouse to beat Kansas which is a considerably more difficult task.
Kansas is coming off an impressive 26-point victory over Colorado on Saturday and if the NCAA basketball odds mean anything then the Jayhawks will do the same Monday night. KU is favored by as many as 18 points in the various odds made available.
For Oklahoma State, it's a matter of slowing down KU's offense, even a little bit. The Jayhawks are the best offense in the country and when you have both Marcus and Markieff Morris working well they're nearly unbeatable.
Kansas is 25-2 on the season and 10-2 in the Big 12. They stand one loss behind Texas in the Big 12 standings so they likely need to win out to take home the regular season crown. OSU is 16-10 on the season and 4-8 in the Big 12.