K-State fans ready for Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- First visit to Bramlage Coliseum. And with Kansas visiting tonight, at least, it appears intent on living up to the hype.

The students flooded the morning Gameday broadcast to the tune of 8,000 strong, then ran outside to get in line for the game. They're primed -- and they have good seats. K-State puts many of them along the sideline instead of in the end zone, and the sidelines are very close to the court here. In other words, it's loud in here.

Kansas' veteran team has about seen it all on the road, however. If they're at all rattled, it hasn't showed during pregame. Some were sneaking a peek at the Baylor-Texas game on the TV in the media workroom.

Key to the game: whether K-State's dynamic but occasionally spastic backcourt can play with poise, and whether inside men Curtis Kelly and Jamar Samuels can bang with Cole Aldrich and Marcus Morris inside. If the Wildcats achieve both those objectives, they have a solid chance at pulling the upset.