The Hoosiers host the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines and if the Hoosiers win, the Jayhawks should slide up to the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. Kansas already is the No. 1 team according to the USA Today Coaches Poll and hope to be No. 1 in both polls on Monday when the new polls are released.
The No. 1 ranking has eluded the Jayhawks so far this season. However, they are primed reach No. 1 next week. The Jayhawks play at home in Phog Allen Fieldhouse, where they are 156-7 under head coach Bill Self.
Assuming Kansas’ wins against a dangerous Oklahoma State Cowboys squad, their resume to earn the top spot in both polls is quite impressive.
The Jayhawks boast the nation’s best defense, holding opponents to 35% shooting from the field. They also would own a 33-game home winning streak, a 19-game winning streak (the nation’s best), be 8-0 in Big 12 conference play and have road wins against the nationally ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and Kansas State Wildcats.
But what about the Hoosiers?
The Jayhawks need a Hooiser win, but not a dominating performance by the Hoosiers. The game is in Assembly Hall, which may be the tipping point for Indiana and give them the edge.
Kansas hopes that the voters do not slight them and take their season long domination over their opponents into consideration and not just this battle of No. 1 versus No. 3 to determine the top spot in the country.
Still, if the Hoosiers dominate the Wolverines they would most likely leapfrog the Jayhawks and reclaim the No. 1 ranking which they held earlier in the season.
Therefore Kansas fans will be rooting for the Indiana to win…just not by too much.
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