When 20th-ranked Kentucky tips off against No. 4 Kansas on Saturday night, the Wildcats will try to pull off one of the rarest feats in the sport: notching a win over a Bill Self-led Jayhawks team at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Self's 200th win at the Phog was well-publicized last weekend, as KU beat Texas 76-67 to establish its home dominance once more. But it's not the 200 wins that are amazing -- it's the mere nine losses Self has suffered since he took the reigns on the Kansas program in 2003.

Only nine times has a team played against the Jayhawks under Self and stolen a win in that hallowed arena. No team or coach has done it twice. Self has more conference championships than home losses. It's hilarious.

So who are the nine coaches to do this, and how did these wins come to be? What are the lasting memories and forgotten stories from the rare horrors when Kansas was defeated at home over the past 12 seasons? I reached out this week to every coach who pulled off each upset. Their stories and anecdotes are below, as are photos and highlights from some of these classic games. One coach broke his hand because he was so angry during a halftime speech. Another motivated his team after losing his mind when, amidst a pregame talk, he noticed an unflushed toilet. (That spasm inadvertently rallied his team to the win.) Another coach maintains his team was jobbed from winning two in a row at the Phog -- and if you check the evidence, you'll see he has a point. This list should probably be 10 games, not nine.

Some quotes have been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Here are the stories of the nine losses Kansas has taken at home under Bill Self since 2004.

JAN. 22, 2004: RICHMOND 69, KANSAS 68.

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 12.

Home win streak ended at: 53 games.

The coach who did it: Jerry Wainwright.

How it happened: Kansas led by nine points with eight minutes to go, but Richmond's Mike Skrocki, who hit four 3-pointers and had a team-high 23 points, and Patrick O'Malley -- "a 6-foot-8 Irishman, one of those kids who had a mustache in the fifth grade," according to Wainwright -- helped push the Spiders back.

It was Tony Dobbins' spin, then fadeaway jumper from 13 feet (4:05 mark in the video above; what a freaking shot) that gave Richmond the lead with a 1.3 seconds remaining. Richmond had 10 3s in the game; Kansas made just two. The Thursday night upset was the first time Kansas lost at home since Nebraska pulled off a win there in 1999. Richmond's win came right after a road win at Temple and immediately preceded a road win at Xavier. That three-game sweep would solidify the Spiders as an NCAA Tournament team in 2004.

Before the game, just as Wainwright was getting ready to give his speech, he noticed one of the toilets had been used but not flushed by one of his players. This caused him to absolutely lose it.

"There's the countdown clock right there in the room," he said. "It's at like 3 1/2 minutes before we go out, and all the kids are sitting in front of the board. I go into the bathroom to get a paper towel and wipe my hands, and I see one of the toilets isn't flushed. I went out there and I went crazy. I mean, literally, crazy. I forgot about the game. We almost didn’t get out for the jump ball. I didn’t talk anything about Kansas. My guys go, 'Uh, what about Kansas? What about the matchups?' I said, 'I don’t care.' Players later told me they thought I was trying to get their mind off the game, but it really wasn’t that. Something so small and simple and courteous like that, and you can't even flush a toilet?"

What else Wainwright remembers: "We had a veteran officiating crew because it was a Thursday night, and there weren't many Thursday night games then. It was a buy game. Bill was good enough to play it, because we needed a guarantee game. He was good enough to help me out. We had five guys with three fouls at the half. I remember at one point, we had a guy on our team make a play, and I hear the crowd respond to it. My younger son, who was our director of basketball operations, I walk by him and say, 'This is like real basketball, they really appreciate it here.'  He goes, 'Hey, dad, relax. They just posted the North Carolina score and Florida State beat them.”

North Carolina being where former Kansas coach Roy Williams was now coaching at.

Wainwright said his team probably would not have won if Kansas had a shot-clock violation on its previous possession, but because the ball barely nicked the rim, KU could not set up its dead-ball pressure D.

"He’s the best, arguably the best coach in the country,” Wainwright said of Self. "They beat us like a red-haired stepchild the next time we went out there. I feel like Custer might have felt.”

After the game, the visitors locker room was a rave. Richmond had a team manager who lost both his kidneys when he was 5 years old. He had to travel with a portable dialysis machine. His name was Danny Woolley, and Wainwright said he was a brilliant guy. Richmond's players lifted him up euphoria in the locker room afterward. He's since passed away due to health issues that plagued him most of his life. 

"We all tried to act cool when we won, and then we got in the locker room," Wainwright said. "We won a lot of games that year, but that’s a mecca of college basketball. To be a part, even a footnote of what he’s done there, it’s an honor."

FEB. 2, 2005: IOWA STATE 63, KANSAS 61 (OT).

Curtis Stinson, the Bronx's own and something of a legend in Ames. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 2.

Home win streak ended at: 32 games for intra-conference play.

The coach who did it: Wayne Morgan.

How it happened: This Saturday afternoon loss was the second in a three-game losing streak for Kansas, something that's only happened twice in the Self era. Bronx-born, swagalicious Curtis Stinson scored 29 points, including the winner in the lane over Keith Langford with 5.1 seconds left in overtime. The winning play was named "Celtic."

The outcome would lead Self to proclaim, "Curtis Stinson is the best guard in the Big 12." Langford -- who hit the tying shot late to send the game to OT -- was the one who took the game's final shot, which obviously did not go in. This is the only one of Self's nine losses at the Phog that went an extra five minutes. Kansas roared from nine down in the final two minutes to force OT. Iowa State's win capped a seven-game streak and complete season turnaround. The Cyclones went from an 0-5 team in the Big 12 to a 7-5 one, and eventually qualified for the NCAAs because of it.

After the game, Iowa State's trainer, Victor Miller, "walked around like he was zombie for about 10 minutes. He kept saying, 'I can’t believe we beat Kansas. I can’t believe we beat Kansas. I can’t believe we beat Kansas,'" Morgan said.

What else Morgan remembers: "At one point, I laid into them. I said, 'I never thought I could look at you guys and think you’re afraid, but I think you’re afraid. I think you're scared of them.'"

"We should have won there twice. The year before, we took a five-point lead with less than a minute to go. Kansas got it to three points with seconds to go. Langford ran a last-second play at the end of regulation, a pick-and-roll at the top of the key, the guard going from left to right. Wayne Simien screened down for Langford. He hit the 3 to send it to overtime. After the game, a booster came up to us and said Langford's foot was on the line. The shot should not have counted. We unofficially beat them twice. Not only that, but earlier in the game, we had a two-shot foul, but Kansas rebounded the ball after the first shot, took it down the court and J.R. Giddens hit a 3. The play should not have happened, but the refs told us they could not take the play back. Tom O’Neill, one of the officials, I believe was suspended for it."

"Everyone always says when you go into Allen Fieldhouse that it’s incredible and the home-game advantage is just insurmountable, and to this day, I believe there’s a better home advantage -- at Hilton (Coliseum). They’re louder. My first year at Iowa State I was 17-1 at home, and the only game we lost was to Eddie Sutton’s Final Four team at Oklahoma State. I remember thinking when the year was over there we six or seven of those games we had no business winning. They’d yell so loud the other team couldn’t function, and they’d yell so loud they wouldn’t allow to us lose."

DEC. 1, 2005: NEVADA 72, KANSAS 70.

Nick Fazekas, left, and Marcelus Kemp went into Phog Allen and shocked the nation in 2005. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: Unranked.

Home win streak ended at: Three games.

The coach who did it: Mark Fox

How it happened: On a Thursday night, Nick Fazekas put up a career-high 35 points and earned a controversial block/non-foul on C.J. Giles in the final seconds to lift the Wolf Pack past the Jayhawks.

"This was Nick being Nick," Fox said. "He was a great big-game player."

Nevada would go 27-6 that season and earn a 5 seed in the NCAAs. The loss marked the first time in 33 years Kansas started 2-3. The Jayhawks were led by Sasha Kaun's 19 and Brandon Rush's 15 points. Ramon Sessions was also on that Nevada team, and he hit two foul shots to make it a 59-57 game; Nevada never trailed after that. Then-freshman Mario Chalmers injured his toe midway through the second half.

At one point late in the second half, Fox, who grew up in Kansas and earned his master's degree from KU, spotted his father right above one of the vomitorium scoreboards.

"There’s not a better place to watch a game than Allen Fieldhouse," Fox said. "My parents were sitting in the row right behind the bench, and I remember looking back at the scoreboard in the tunnel at the end of the bench, and my dad is there looking at me like, You going to finish this thing out or not?"

What else Fox remembers: "I felt like when our team boarded the bus at the hotel, we felt like we were going to win. When you’re a Nevada, this is a resume game, and you don’t get many opportunities like this. We had two 6-11 guys up front to match Kansas’ size. KU went to a zone in the second half, when we got a little 3 happy."

"It's a game that has special meaning to me. I have great appreciation for the history of Kansas basketball. I don’t think there’s any better, quite frankly. We had played them there the year before, and I remember telling them after that loss, 'You will win here next year.' And even though we won an NCAA Tournament game the year before, personally, that game means more to me." 

JAN. 14, 2006: KANSAS STATE 59, KANSAS 55.

Sasha Kaun, center left, attempts to get a shot off over Kansas State's Akeem Wright. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: Unranked.

Home win streak ended at: Six games.

The coach who did it: Jim Wooldridge.

How it happened: The most unlikely of upsets listed, perhaps, because even though Kansas wasn't having a great season, it did have a 12-point lead in the second half against a Kansas State team that hadn't beaten KU in 31 tries and would finish 15-13 and not even play in the NIT.

"It was the most improbable win I've ever had, and circumstances were not good going in. We didn't follow a theme or game plan," Wooldridge said of that Saturday afternoon upset.

The win came three days after KSU lost by 15 at home and scored just 42 points against Nebraska, an outcome Wooldridge called his worst ever as a player or a coach. Clent Stewart led KSU with 15 points. Mario Chalmers had a game-high 20 for Kansas, which at the time, last lost to the Wildcats in 1994. KSU managed just 18 first half points, yet still rallied to pull the shocker thanks to a 2-3 zone that kept KU to 32-percent shooting.

What else Wooldridge remembers: "The team was not in a good mental state. It was tough for them being in Manhattan with how the season was going, so we opted to drive to Topeka on Friday night and get them out of the town, to go into Lawrence with a good, fresh attitude."

Wooldridge's focus was not turning the ball over against Kansas, which was an elite defensive team by the time Big 12 play was going.

"You can get rattled there in a hurry, and we did," he said. "I think we had 15 turnovers in the first half. I was livid, so livid."

The visitors locker room at Allen Fieldhouse doubled as the women's volleyball locker room, and there was a portable chalkboard with the steel plate on the back of it. So Wooldridge is laying into his guys at halftime, and just before he shouts at them to get back out there for the second half, he hits the chalkboard out of anger.

He didn't say anything, but he knew it immediately. As the team is walking out, Wooldridge turns to his assistant and says, "Jimmy, I just broke my hand."

He doesn't tell the team for the remainder of the game. He doesn't even wrap the hand.

"We were so excited about the win, I probably didn't feel anything for a day or two," Wooldridge said. "Schuyler Thomas, a walk-on, hadn't played any significant minutes at all that season. I put him in, and he made two big shots. Had he not played the way he played, we would not have won that game. He didn't play much of a role in most other games, but in that game, he was huge. Other teams have gone in there and gotten wins, but given the in-state rivalry, it's more significant for K-State to go in there and win."

NOV. 15, 2006: ORAL ROBERTS 78, KANSAS 71.

Scott Sutton is the rare coach from another conference that's defeated Bill Self twice. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 3.

Home win streak ended at: Seven games.

The coach who did it: Scott Sutton.

How it happened: Amazingly, Oral Roberts handled a Kansas team that would finish 33-5 and have the top-ranked defense in the country. Marchello Vealy, a 6-foot-7, 4-man who was almost definitely not listed on the scouting report as "shooter" came off the bench to score 22 points and made his first seven 3-pointers, setting the tone for the stunning Wednesday night affair. Vealy pushed ORU to a 10-point first-half lead, and Kansas never took the lead back. Oral Roberts was 11-for-19 from deep, while Kansas went 2-for-10. Caleb Green, ORU's best player, had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kansas got 22 points off the bench from freshman Darrell Arthur.

Similar to what happened with Nevada, Kansas' loss here came to a program in the midst of three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The win had the subplot of Self losing to a program that gave him his start in the coaching profession. Self coached at ORU from 1993-97, and he scheduled the game in some part because of how close he was to Sutton, who played at Oklahoma State when Self was on the staff, then hired Sutton to his ORU staff as an administrative assistant in 1995. The other part? Sutton went to ORU star Caleb Green in the offseason and asked what team he'd like a chance to play in his senior year. Green's answer: Kansas.

What else Sutton remembers: "Kansas was on the Sports Illustrated cover right before that game. We went into that game with a really good veteran team but coming off a loss. Kansas had a talented team but not a whole lot of experience. Sasha Kaun was injured at the time. They probably overlooked us, and our guys were inspired to play. "

Sutton is the rare example of a coach that's beaten Bill Self twice despite not sharing the same league. In his first year at ORU, he beat Self’s best Tulsa team, the group that went on to make the Elite Eight in 2000.

"He always just brings those games up. He can’t stop giving him me a hard time for beating him twice. For our program, obviously the KU game brought so much exposure, even more exposure than the NCAA Tournament games we’ve played. We went to three straight NCAA tournaments and yet I did more interviews and people talk about that [Kansas win] more."

For Sutton, it was a lifelong dream achieved. He first stepped into Phog Allen as a teenager, when his dad was coaching Kentucky and the Wildcats had an NCAA Tournament game there. He played in the building twice as an OSU Cowboy, and lost in 1994 when Steve Woodbury hit a 25-footer at the buzzer. Eddie Sutton never beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, but his son did with a Summit League program against a KU group featuring Julian Wright, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Sherron Collins and Darnell Jackson.

"It was surreal. I sat there on the sidelines in the last 30 seconds of the game, this is … I mean, people don’t come here and win. I remember shaking my head. Going up to Tim Jankovich in the handshake line and saying, 'This is unbelievable.' There is a picture outside our locker room from that game, a shot from behind the backboard that shows all those Kansas pros on the floor. But Caleb Green knew he was the best player on the floor that night."

FEB. 3, 2007: TEXAS A&M 69, KANSAS 66.

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 6.

Home win streak ended at: 11 games.

The coach who did it: Billy Gillispie.

How it happened: Remember when the Big 12 was two divisions? This A&M victory marked the first time a team from the Big 12 South ever won at Allen Fieldhouse. It happened thanks to Acie Law IV, who hit a 3-pointer in Brandon Rush's grill with 23.9 left (2:05 mark in the video above). Law, who scored 23 on this night, was an awesome college player. A&M had a 10-point comeback in the second half. This game was a Saturday night showcase on ESPN; Gillispie's Aggies were also ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll. The win here marked the first one for Texas A&M against flagship basketball school in conference since the Big 12 formed in 1996. Yes, as in ever.

Kansas was led by Sherron Collins' 18 points off the bench, but he had a bad turnover late in the second half that helped surge A&M's comeback. Julian Wright had the game's only double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).

What else Gillispie remembers: "Two years before (at Allen Fieldhouse), they hit a 3 in the final minute and they ended up winning 65-60. In the locker room after that game I was really disappointed with our guys. They took the loss as a moral victory, and I don't accept moral victories. That set up the next time we went there (in 2007)."

"The day was totally electric," Gillispie said of the 2007 epic. "GameDay was there, it was in its infancy for basketball. That’s the best, I mean I love Rupp Arena and all these other places that I’ve been -- Gallagher-Iba -- those are special places. None are more special than Kansas, of the feel you get on game day. Acie Law made a play that will never be forgotten in that game. Because, right in from of our bench, he jab-stepped with Rush on him. If you know Acie, that’s what he’s famous for. The bigger the game, the better he was. That year I think he made six game-winning or game-tying shots. He was a finalist for player of the year that year with Greg Oden and Kevin Durant and the guy at Wisconsin (Alando Tucker)."

I asked Gillispie about the emotions of the game and what he remembered from the locker room after the win.

"It was one of the most emotional wins I've had. One of the things I remember, Self said his team played to exhaustion, and we had an extremely hard-working group. After the game in the cramped locker room that Kansas always gives you, Acie and Antanas (Kavaliauskas) were laying on the floor, totally exhausted. The emotion of the game took it all out of them. They could hardly get themselves off the floor. It was an 8 o’clock start because of GameDay. And we got back to College Station that night, two or three thousands fans were waiting for us at 2 or 3 in the morning. Then we had to get up 48 hours later and play Texas when they had Durant, and we put 100 points on Texas. It was an unbelievable 48 hours. It’s almost an impossible task."

Gillispie, who is now coaching at Ranger College in Texas, put Law on his staff. The two have remained close, and in rehashing that 2007, I could sense the immense pride Gillispie still has in that team, which is unequivocally his greatest achievement as coach. A&M averaged less than 10 wins in the three seasons before he arrived, and by 2007, the Aggies were a 3 seed in the tournament.

"That was our third year, and we had such work ethic and such a great deal of toughness. And our deal was to play hard, play smart, play together. They did that. They loved each other. What you did know: you were going to get everything they had because they did it every day in practice. Two years before we went there and gotten beat and were basically happy to lose. This time when we went it took a lucky shot and lucky bounce and a lot of lucky things, but we came with the mindset that we’re coming to win. After the game I said to the guys, 'I told you we could do this.' That’s what typified that team. They deserved it."

Jan. 22, 2011: TEXAS 74, KANSAS 63.

An uncommon sight: Bill Self walks off the floor at the Phog as a loser. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 2.

Home win streak ended at: 69 games.

The coach who did it: Rick Barnes.

How it happened: The biggest margin of defeat for Kansas at home in the Self era was handed down in the late afternoon on a Saturday by a Texas team featuring J'Covan Brown (23 points), Jordan Hamilton (17 points) and Tristan Thompson (12 points). The amazing thing about the game is, even though Texas won going away, it actually trailed by as many as 15 points. To come back and win from that margin in that building is like spotting a white leopard in the wild. 

The subtext to the game was the somber news of Kansas sophomore Thomas Robinson losing his mother the day before to an unexpected heart attack. There was a moment of silence before tip. Self would say afterward that the emotion behind the game might have caught up with his team in the second half. Tyrel Reed led KU with 17, while Marcus Morris added 16. This loss was the first time Kansas was dropped by Texas at home since the Big 12 formed in 1996.

What else Barnes remembers: "They jumped up on us, big, and I remember telling our guys in the first timeout if they remember doing what we do, if we keep doing what we’re doing and get stops, we'll be fine. I have great respect for Bill. I think, obviously, he’s proven that he’s a terrific coach and does a great job. There is no doubt that Allen Fieldhouse is a beautiful place to play. People want to know how you win there. One, you’ve got to have a team that’s good enough to. You can’t go in there to win just thinking you'll do it. You’ve gotta have experience, too."

Barnes, now at Tennessee, knows how hard it is to win in Lawrence. He echoed some of Wayne Morgan's sentiments.

"Officials, whether they want to admit it or not, they get caught up in the great home court. A year ago, I can tell you, I had a real problem with the way that game (Texas' 69-64 loss at Kansas in Barnes' final year with the Longhorns) was officiated. Their fans are so good, and what I think their fans are great at -- they don’t ever think they foul. They’re booing for any foul against their team. And in our business some will say, 'Well, that’s just part of the game. Well, it’s not always part of the game."

But back in 2011, Barnes had a really strong sense they were going to win the game. At the time, it was 12-2 and Kansas had the lead. 

"There are certain timeouts you remember," he said. "I remember that timeout. I remember telling our guys if we keep doing what we're doing now, we’re going to win this game."


Oklahoma State's win in 2013 was the first at Allen Fieldhouse since 1989. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 2.

Home win streak ended at: 33 games.

The coach who did it: Travis Ford.

How it happened: This was the first time OSU won on the road against a top-five team since 1958! It was OSU's first win at Kansas since 1989. Oklahoma State got out to a nice lead in the first half, leading by as many as 14. Kansas came all the way back, was up 64-60 midway through the second half and was up by six with 4:15 left. OSU returned on a 13-2 run. The final couple of minutes wound up being a foul-shooting tight-wire act for the Pokes. They made almost all of them to give Ford his biggest win at Oklahoma State.

Markel Brown led led OSU with 28 points, and Marcus Smart wasn't that far behind, notching 25. Kansas was led by Ben McLemore's 23. The outcome also put an end to Kansas' 18-game winning streak, which at the time was the longest in the nation. Afterward, Self could only lament, "We don't have a guard. We don't have a point guard."

What else Ford remembers: "It’s one of those things where you put a game plan together and you believe you an win there, but also realistic about it. But we went down there with a pretty relaxed feel, and the fact we were having a pretty decent year helped. We went in with a little bit of equity. They were ranked No. 1 in one poll and No. 2 in another poll, so it was almost like, hey, you’ve got nothing to lose here. I’ve been in a spot before we’re we've gone in really needing a win, and that’s just too much pressure. There are very few places that have that environment. One thing I was most proud of, we lost that lead in the second half, and it’s not easy to come back, usually after you’ve been up. The balloon deflates."

Like Sutton, Ford had been in the building as a player. But unlike Sutton, For got the win at the Phog. It was when he was at Missouri, a rare case of 1 vs. 2, when Kansas was ranked No. 1 and Mizzou was No. 2 in the AP poll. It's one of the best games in the history of that now-dormant rivalry. Ford hit a couple of big foul shots late to seal the victory against Roy Williams in his second season with KU.

"I consider it a highlight, right up there with the Final Four."

On the way home from the win in 2013, Ford was alerted to something he wasn't aware of. When he was told what happened, and then saw it on video, it kind of shocked him.

"I was so ecstatic about the victory, it just came to me to do it," Smart told reporters after that game.

Smart was referencing his go-to move, the back flip. No better time to pull off the celebration than for OSU's first win at Kansas in 24 years.

JAN. 5, 2014: SAN DIEGO STATE 61, KANSAS 57.

Perry Ellis, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins were put in a stranglehold by SDSU. (Getty Images)

Kansas' rank at the time: No. 16.

Home win streak ended at: 68 games vs. nonconference opponents.

The coach who did it: Steve Fisher

How it happened: This was the San Diego State team that was basically carried on offense all year by Xavier Thames. In this one, Thames went for 16 points. SDSU was ranked No. 21 at the time. Thames hit four free throws down the stretch to clinch the win. Skylar Spencer (13 points) and Josh Davis (14 rebounds, 10 points) were also major factors. SDSU was typically rigorous on defense that season. The Aztecs kept Kansas to a hideous 20.7 percent shooting output in the first half. Perry Ellis missed two big foul shots with 11.9 to go that would have tied the game. KU got 14 from Andrew Wiggins, 14 from Frank Mason, who came off the bench, and 12 points, 12 rebounds from Joel Embiid. At the time of the loss, Kansas was 112-2 in its previous 114 games at home.

What else Fisher remembers: "It was my first trip ever to Lawrence. I was as excited as our players were. Students were not in session, so we thought maybe we’d catch break, but it was still to the rafters. It was an early afternoon game, so we practiced the day before in Allen Fieldhouse. That probably helped. It was bitter, bitter cold. The line was two blocks long waiting to get in on game day."

"We could not let them beat us up on this inside with their high-low and with Embiid and Ellis. We said let's make Wiggins beat us with hard 2s. Don’t give him anything easy. And we did that. We made it hard for Wiggins to get easy looks. I remember Josh Davis begged me to let him guard Andrew Wiggins. And we went in thinking we were the better team. As much as Bill and his staff probably told them how good we were, they probably didn’t believe it as much as they could have."

The game could have changed on one play, but the officials reversed the call when ball went out of bounds with less than two minutes to go. Upon review, it went to San Diego State instead of the original decision to give Kansas the ball.

"We got a little lucky down the stretch," Fisher said. "They’re sophisticated fans. They’re used to winning, and when their team is in a bit of a lull, the fans don’t wait for the team to get them going -- they help get the team going. That game, the neat thing about it, a lot of the crowd probably were people that don’t get to every game. It was more of an adult crowd. You could almost feel like some of them were coming for the first time, like it was a privilege for them to be there."

The game only happened because A) Fisher continually tries to schedule up as best as he can, no matter the challenge and B) the Mountain West made sure the calendar would accommodate SDSU. This was an uncommon nonconference game in the middle of January, remember.

"Kansas' associated AD Larry Keating said it had to be in the first weekend in January, on CBS, and the sticky wicket is, we can’t return the following year but can the year after," Fisher said. "I had to tell the conference we’d need a bye that week. The Mountain West gladly obliged."

SDSU’s road record since 2010-11 is 45-19, the third-best in the country, only behind Wichita State and Gonzaga. And for 743 days, the Aztecs have the crown as the most recent victor at hallowed Allen Fieldhouse.

So now the question becomes: Will Kentucky get No. 10 against Self, or will John Calipari's team become the 201st victim in that building since Nov. 21, 2003, when it all began with a 90-76 win over Chattanooga?