January 31, 2007

Self: It's going to be a physical game

Back on January 25, 2006, Kansas traveled to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M. After being down by two points, 33-31, at halftime, the Jayhawks opened up the second half with a nice run, and eventually defeated the Aggies, 83-73. When sixth-ranked Kansas (19-3; 6-1) and No. 10 Texas A&M (17-3; 5-1) take the court, the stakes will be much higher this time around.

There is no question that the winner of Saturday nights Big 12 Showdown will emerge as the team to beat in conference play and, more importantly, will solidify itself as one of the top teams in college basketball.

"I think our guys have played, so far, pretty well against teams that are thought of to be the powers, so to speak," said Bill Self. "Hopefully that will be the case again Saturday, because we are playing against one of the best teams in the country."

The Jayhawks are 31-0 against South teams when playing in Allen Fieldhouse . However, Self knows that beating Billy Gillispie and the Texas A&M Aggies will be no easy task.

Since arriving in College Station, Texas in 2004, Gillispie has turned the program around, and done so in a short period of time. During the 2003-04 season, the Aggies went 0-16 in Big 12 play. A year later, Texas A&M, under Gillispie, posted an overall record of 21-10 and 8-8 in Big 12 play.

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