Southeast Missouri State coach Dickey Nutt approached old friend Bill Self before Friday night's game and asked him why the team was in Lawrence, playing seventh-ranked Kansas.
Nutt felt his team had no business inside Allen Fieldhouse.
By the end of the game, his Redhawks proved they belonged.
They pulled within six points midway through the second half, silencing the crowd, but the Jayhawks eventually created enough separation to finish with a 74-55 victory.
''We just couldn't hold the gate,'' Nutt said. ''We played well enough to keep it competitive.''
Despite scoring only four points in the opening 10 minutes, the Redhawks stayed within striking distance. They held the Jayhawks to 39 percent shooting and 2 for 21 from beyond the arc.
''We gave them some open looks, but tonight we just got lucky, because I know they're a good shooting team,'' said Nick Niemczyk, who led the Redhawks with 14 points.
The Jayhawks finished the game on a 31-18 run.
''They are big and strong,'...