Two weeks ago, Kansas appeared to be cruising toward its ninth straight Big 12 regular-season title.
Now the Jayhawks are in danger of their longest losing streak in 24 years, and they must knock off their intrastate rival for the second time this season to avoid it.
The fifth-ranked Jayhawks host No. 13 Kansas State on Monday night looking to prevent the program's first four-game skid since an eight-game slide in 1989, which was also the last time they dropped back-to-back home games.
The Wildcats (19-4, 8-2) have taken control of first place in the conference, but they have lost 45 of 48 against Kansas, including 17 of 18 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks claimed a 59-55 win at Kansas State on Jan. 22, holding the Wildcats to 35.1 percent shooting.
That was one of 18 straight wins for Kansas (19-4, 7-3) by an average of 16.1 points, with the team shooting 48.7 percent from the field in that stretch, but the Jayhawks have since sputtered with inconsistency at both ends of the f...