KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KSNW) – In men’s college basketball, the Big 12 held its annual Media Day on Tuesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Kansas and Kansas State were both well represented, but many feel that’s where the similarities end this season between the two schools.
KSN’s Elliott Polakoff reports: Big 12 Media Day is a time for coaches to smile and players to mingle with future opponents. But even with all the positive energy radiating through the Sprint Center, it didn’t take long to see that Kansas and Kansas State Basketball have completely different mindsets heading into the upcoming season.
The Kansas Jayhawks are preseason favorites to win a 13th straight Big 12 regular season title-KU’s a team that’s used to the spotlight.
KU’s Frank Mason III says, “It’s Kansas Basketball. Like coach says…the faces change but the expectations remain the same.”
Kansas’ Josh Jackson added, “From what I’ve been seeing in practice, we’re going to live up to it, and I think we’re going to have a great team this year. We’ve got a lot of potential.”
And then, there’s Kansas State, picked ninth in the preseason poll, it’s safe to say the Wildcats have a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
K-State’s Carlbe Ervin says, “Determined…honestly we’re just determined to win. We don’t want to go home for Spring Break like we did last year.”