Dallas Pepperdine came close. Now it's SMU's chance.
After escaping with a 79-73 overtime win over the Waves on Thursday night, Kansas will put its unbeaten record on the line here tonight against SMU.
"We have to go out and concentrate better," KU forward Alonzo Jamison said. "If we do that, I think we'll be all right. As long as we go out and play our game, it will turn out for the best."
Tipoff is 7:38 p.m. at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. It'll be televised live in the Lawrence area on channels 13 and 62.
Kansas posted its ninth win Thursday despite trailing by as many as 11 points against a Pepperdine team that had lost four games, two at home.
SMU has also lost four games, two at home.
"We've got to play better than we did tonight," guard Rex Walters said after the Pepperdine contest. "For 40 minutes."
Playing on Thursday night, then traveling on Friday could make the Jayhawks a weary team tonight.
"Normally we say we play so many people nobody should get tired," coach Roy Williams said. "But I see Adonis (Jordan) played 39, Rex (Walters) 34 and Steve (Woodberry) 32 minutes. There will be some tired bodies."
Tired or not, Kansas will have a difficult time winning anywhere on the road if it shoots 46 percent at the free throw line. The Jayhawks missed 13 of 24 charities against the Waves.
"It hurt us," Williams said. "We got a chance to go one up in regulation and four up in overtime. We need to make those. We didn't do it. The more you harp on it, the worse it gets. We'll keep working."
Sean Tunstall, who is currently in limbo after sitting out a first-semester suspension, made the trip here, but will not suit up. Tunstall's second-semester status remains undetermined, ostensibly because of a delay in determining his first-semester grades.
Kansas will play two games next week at Wichita State on Wednesday night and against Louisville in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks will begin Big Eight competition a week from Monday at Missouri.