After losing four of their last six games and dropping to below-.500 in Big 12 play, Kansas State has seen it's seemingly secure berth in the NCAA Tournamnent slip away.
However, a road win on Saturday against No. 10 Baylor, who have had struggles of their own in the last month, would likely put those concerns to rest.
The Wildcats nearly defeated the Bears earlier in the year, when Baylor pulled out a 75-73 win in Manhattan.
At the time, Scott Drew's team was unbeaten, but several cracks in their armor have showed since, as they have went 0-4 against Kansas and Missouri.
The Bears 1-3-1 zone has been vulnerable to both long-range shooting and offensive rebounding, so Kansas State will be looking for big games from SG Rodney McGruder, who had 30 points in the team's first meeting, and PF Jamar Samuels, who had three offensive rebounds.
Defensively, the Wildcats don't have the personnel to match up with either of Baylor's star forwards, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller, so they'll need to be physical without getting the Bears into the bonus.
The 12:45 game will be broadcast regionally on the Big 12 Network and streamed online at ESPN3.