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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: Odds On The 2012 Sunflower Showdown Favors Jayhawks

Courtesy of Bovada, the Kansas Jayhawks step into Wednesday's rivalry matchup between the Kansas St. Wildcats as 9 1/2 point favorites as they kick off the Big 12 conference schedule in Manhattan.

With an 11-1 record and a strength of schedule ranked 156th in the country, this will be the toughest test for Frank Martin's Wildcats thus far. The atmosphere will be crazy, and its something the head coach will have to get his team prepared for.

"There’s three major challenges," Martin said. "Bill Self and his coaching staff, their players and the culture they built, and then obviously the 16,000 sitting in the stands just don’t let you communicate with your players. That’s what you face every time you go in there.

"I don’t want to make it sound simplistic, but it is what it is," Martin said. "Their crowd is amazing, and it makes it an incredible challenge for us and everybody else that goes in there."

Kansas faces off versus Kansas State at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

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