Does momentum matter?
It's a question that can be applied to just about any sport but it can't be judged. You don't get X number of momentum points. Yet it's consistently cited as a reason one team can beat another.
We'll have a chance to answer that question on Monday night when the Kansas State Wildcats travel to Texas to take on the Longhorns. The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. and will be available on TV (ESPN).
K-State is the definition of momentum right now, I think. They're won four in a row and six of their last seven, including a win over then-No. 1 Kansas. They beat Mizzou by double digits on Saturday and have a player some say is in the race for Big 12 player of the year in Jacob Pullen.
Texas has momentum, too, but the opposite of Kansas State. Their momentum is headed in the wrong direction. Texas has lost two of their last three including road games against Nebraska and Colorado.
So will it matter? SB Nation's Big 12 Hoops says never bet on momentum but I'm inclined to in this case. On the season, Texas is obviously playing better. Lately, though, K-State has been playing like...a team that was ranked No. 3 in the preseason. My point is that maybe, and I could be completely off-base saying this, this is who K-State is -- a really good team who can go into Texas and win. We'll see on Monday night at 8:00 p.m.