I didn't expect to say this but the Kansas State Wildcats and Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball teams are in a similar position. K-State's been a disappointment based on preseason expectations but they've come alive in the last week. Nebraska has been a tough out at home and have also put together three straight wins.
K-State is 18-9 on the season while Nebraska is 18-8 and both are 6-6 in the Big 12.
In the last week and a half, they have both had what will likely end up being their game of the year.
For K-State, it was beating then-No. 1 Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum. That win gave them some hope that they can go on a run to finish out the season. It also helps their NCAA tournament resume because they're not a lock by any means at the moment.
For Nebraska, it was beating then-No. 3 Texas in Lincoln last Saturday. Though they didn't know it at the time, the first, second and fourth ranked teams would all lose meaning the Longhorns would have been the No. 1 ranked team in the country had they won. Obviously that's a big win for Nebraska.
K-State has won two in a row while Nebraska has three in a row including games against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas.
For the moment, Nebraska is a slight favorite -- about one point. I feel confident saying K-State's best is better than Nebraska's best but we haven't seen a consistent KSU team all year so that's hard to predict.