Kansas trailed Kansas State by 17 points with 18:53 left on Saturday. It was a road game in a hostile environment against an in-state rival. Teams don't usually come back from that.
Somehow, though, Kansas did.
The Jayhawks outscored KSU 42-22 in the final 18-plus minutes to escape Bramlage Coliseum with a 78-75 victory, improving KU to 14-1 in its past 15 games against Bruce Weber's Wildcats. Kansas is now 30-5 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum.
"[Kansas State] should have won today," Kansas coach Bill Self told reporters afterward. "They controlled the game. They were better than us."
The game represented the end of a draining week for Self, who lost his father, Bill Self Sr., after a long illness on Friday. The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach was understandably emotional when addressing his players in the locker room after the win.
"We knew it meant a lot," said Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji, who scored KU's final six points and finished with a team-high 29. "We went out in the second half and battled. I'm glad that we could get the win for him."
The come-from-behind victory pushed the Jayhawks' record to 16-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big 12. They're now 9-2 in the first two quadrants with wins over Michigan State and Iowa State. They'll take a four-game winning streak into Monday's game with Texas Tech.
Kansas remains No. 4 in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, where Auburn is No. 1 for the 12th consecutive day. Barring a surprise, Bruce Pearl's Tigers — fresh off of a win over Kentucky — will also move to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time in school history.
Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Auburn is 10-1 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Tigers' next game is Tuesday at Missouri.||--||28-6|
|Gonzaga has won eight straight games since losing to Alabama. The Zags' next game is Thursday against Loyola Marymount.||--||28-4|
|Baylor leads the nation with seven Quadrant 1 wins and is 9-2 in the first two quadrants. The Bears' next game is Tuesday against Kansas State.||--||27-7|
|Kansas' four-game winning streak features three Quadrant 1 wins. The Jayhawks' next game is Monday against Texas Tech.||--||34-6|
|Arizona's only loss is a single-digit loss at Tennessee. The Wildcats' next game is Sunday at California.||--||33-4|
|Michigan State is 10-1 in its past 11 games with the highlight being a win at Wisconsin. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday at Illinois.||--||23-13|
|Houston's nine-game winning streak features seven double-digit victories. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at UCF.||--||32-6|
|Purdue is 6-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Villanova and Illinois. The Boilermakers' next game is Sunday against Northwestern.||--||29-8|
|Kentucky's four losses have all come in Quadrant 1 games away from home. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Mississippi State.||--||26-8|
|Wisconsin is 10-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Purdue, Houston, Ohio State and Marquette. The Badgers' next game is Thursday at Nebraska.||--||25-8|
|UCLA is 6-2 in the first two quadrants thanks to a three-game winning streak highlighted by a victory at Colorado. The Bruins' next game is Tuesday against Arizona.||--||27-8|
|Villanova is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Marquette. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against DePaul.||1||30-8|
|Texas Tech is 5-1 in its past six games with wins over Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State. The Red Raiders' next game is Monday at Kansas.||1||27-10|
|Duke is 4-3 in the first two quadrants with losses to Miami and Florida State. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against Clemson.||2||32-7|
|LSU is 2-3 since losing Xavier Pinson to a knee injury that he's expected to return from soon. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against Texas A&M.||3||22-12|
|Xavier's 7-3 record in the first two quadrants includes five Quadrant 2 wins. The Musketeers' next game is Sunday at Marquette.||1||23-13|
|USC's 6-2 record in the first two quadrants is highlighted by a win over San Diego State. The Trojans' next game is Monday against Arizona State.||1||26-8|
|Ohio State's 4-4 record in the first quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Buckeyes' next game is Thursday at Minnesota.||1||20-12|
|Providence's 4-1 Quadrant 1 record includes wins over Wisconsin and Texas Tech. The Friars' next game is Sunday against Butler.||1||27-6|
|BYU is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Gonzaga. The Cougars' next game is Thursday at Santa Clara.||2||24-11|
|Tennessee's 5-5 record in the first two quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Vols' next game is Wednesday against Florida.||4||27-8|
|UConn is 4-4 in the first two quadrants and the only team with a win over Auburn. The Huskies' next game is Tuesday against Georgetown.||1||23-10|
|Iowa State is 2-5 in its past seven games but still above .500 in the first two quadrants. The Cyclones' next game is Wednesday at Oklahoma State.||8||22-13|
|Davidson is 3-2 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday against VCU.||--||27-7|
|Marquette is 6-6 in the first two quadrants and on a five-game winning streak highlighted by a victory at Villanova. The Golden Eagles' next game is Sunday against Xavier.||1||19-13|
|Colorado State is 4-1 in the first two quadrants with the lone loss coming at San Diego State. The Rams' next game is Tuesday against Nevada.||NR||25-6|