It goes without saying, but the two wins over Kansas this week from the Kansas State women’s and men’s basketball teams felt really good for the Wildcat nation.
The women’s team avenged its loss at home earlier this season with a 72-62 overtime win over KU in Lawrence on Wednesday night.
They needed to win this one to avoid a season sweep by the Jayhawks, and the win is a big motivator as they move forward to postseason play.
The KU win allowed K-State to break a three-game losing streak before they go on the road to battle Oklahoma this Saturday.
It doesn’t get any easier after that, as they host the No. 1 ranked team in the country, the Baylor Bears, next Wednesday night. Then, they travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Longhorns.
This win will hopefully be a springboard for more wins to come; the Wildcats need to play their best ball of the season in the coming games.
As for the men’s team, the Wildcats had an impressive 74-67 win over KU on Tuesday night, the team’s first since 2015.
The Wildcats now sit at first place in the Big 12 Conference, and they are only halfway through the conference schedule.
K-State looked like the better team in the matchup. They even won despite a 10-minute drought in the first half where they didn’t make a field goal.
It feels like the conference is K-State’s to lose at this point.
Iowa State will be the Wildcats’ toughest competition to win the Big 12 Championship this year, and the Cyclones come to Manhattan in a little over a week. That game could prove to be the one that decides the team that could break the Jayhawks’ regular season title streak.
The win for the men is a huge step forward this season for the Wildcats, but you never know. In a conference like the Big 12, things can change quickly.