Keith Langford seemed a bit surprised when told about Missouri's fate against Kansas State on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.
"Missouri lost at home to Kansas State? Wow, they'll be ready to play against us," the Kansas University senior said after scoring 17 points in the Jayhawks' 90-65 victory over Texas, the game that precedes Monday's 6 p.m home contest against the 10-10 Tigers.
"Going into the game ... they are coming off a loss. We're going to try to kick 'em while they are down."
The Jayhawks are sky-high after improving to 16-1 and 6-0 in the league and taking over sole possession of first place following Oklahoma's loss at Iowa State.
"A couple of guys before the game mentioned Iowa State beat Oklahoma," Langford said. "I learned the last couple of years you can't sit and depend on other teams beating teams for you. You have to go out and make it happen. Coach told us before the game, 'Don't wish it to happen, make it happen.' It was the mind-set this game."
Also, the mind-set was to down Texas, a team that beat KU twice last year.
"They smacked us last year twice," Langford said. "Of course you want to establish the fact all is forgiven but not forgotten. Kansas is always on top of the race. We want people to know the road is going to go through here."