The Kansas Jayhawks’ hopes to continue their Big 12 dominance for another season took a bit of a hit on Monday night. The winners of nine-straight regular-season conference titles fell to the Kansas State Wildcats by a score of 85-82. K-State turned the Big 12 conference race into a close one again with a hard-fought, overtime victory.
The win at home knocked the Jayhawks back a notch, but the Wildcats had aided their title hopes in their previous game. Last Saturday, K-State took down the Texas Longhorns, who at the time were just one game behind Kansas in the conference standings. At 9-2 in Big 12 play, the Jayhawks now have a slim 1.5-game lead over the Longhorns, who are 7-3 in the conference.
Of Kansas’ seven remaining matchups, Texas will be their only opponent currently ranked, and the Jayhawks will get them at home. For Kansas to snap their streak of Big 12 regular season conference titles, they would have to lose two of their remaining seven games, and the Longhorns would have to win out.
With road games against the Jayhawks, Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa State Cyclones remaining, winning out doesn’t seem likely for Texas. The Wildcats and Sooners, who are both three games behind the Jayhawks in the Big 12, are the next closest teams. Barring a total collapse from Kansas, neither team should be a threat for the conference. A shared title may be in the cards, but the odds of Kansas not getting at least a piece of it are still slim to none.