When Kansas hosts Iowa State in men’s basketball Wednesday night, it will be #1 vs. #2. That is, at least, in terms of wins against other ranked schools this winter.
The Jayhawks are 5-2 against schools who had national rankings when facing KU. No one has more than 5 such wins among the schools receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press poll.
The Cyclones are 4-1 versus teams nationally rated at the time of their game vs. ISU. The only other school with 4 wins is fellow Big 12 member Texas (4-2).
Seven of the Top 25 schools are still undefeated vs. fellow rated teams: Arizona (1-0), Syracuse (3-0), Wichita State (0-0), Cincinnati (1-0), Wisconsin (3-0), Creighton (1-0) and Massachusetts (1-0).
ISU’s 80% winning rate in the games vs. ranked teams is the next best after the above 7 schools.
The Jayhawks win percentage (71%) in those contests follows the Cyclones.
It’s a big match-up at Lawrence this week no matter how you slice it.
But, based upon wins over ranked schools – the types of victories that are coveted for NCAA Tournament resumes – it’s “1 vs. 2” tomorrow night.