Hype machine cranked up for Kansas, but it’s really only the next game on the schedule

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The Kansas men’s basketball team is coming to town Saturday and there is a great deal of hype for its match-up with the Cyclones.

The Jayhawks, seven-time defending Big 12 champions, are ranked fifth in both the coaches’ and media polls.

National Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson will be making his final appearance in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State officials announced two days in advance of the game that no more tickets are available.

The game will be televised on ESPN with the marquee announce team of Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla.

Despite the hype, however, it really is just the next game on the schedule.

“We’re going to take the same approach every time we take the floor,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We are going to have the same mentality and approach as the other (games). Every time we step on the floor it’s huge for us.”

It is fun to have a meaningful game in Hilton Coliseum in late January. Playing the Jayhawks is a chance to measure yourself against the nation’s best, but it still counts as just one game in the standings.

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