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Kansas Dropped By K-State

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

This one went just about how we thought it would. Kansas needed a good shooting performance to win in Manhattan this year, and they didn't get it. Their fourth Big 12 loss of the year drops them the two games behind Kansas State in the Big 12 race.

Sans Marcus Garrett for a second straight game, Kansas deployed a zone look that, after a hot start for the Wildcats, seemed to stymie KSU. They made just one of their last 14 shots in the first half, which led to an advantage for Kansas at halftime, riding a 15-1 run to a 33-30 lead.

However, they were lucky to be up after turning it over on 36% of their first half possessions, and the second half didn't hold as much fortune. The turnovers never subsided, and multiple players ended up in foul trouble as KSU pulled away in the final six minutes. The Wildcats defeated the Jayhawks 74-67.

Kansas is now two games behind Iowa State and Kansas State for the Big 12 lead, and a 15 consecutive conference title is all but out of the question. KU will look to regroup at home against Oklahoma this Saturday.