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Kansas hasn't lost four-straight games since 1989, which is the last year the Jayhawks missed the NCAA Tournament. That won't happen this year, but that doesn't mean Ben McLemore and company don't need to get things figured out.
It has been 24 years since the Kansas Jayhawks have lost four-consecutive games. They'll look to avoid that on Monday as they take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks (19-4) are already in the midst of their longest losing skid in eight years, but they are in danger of extending that streak to the highest it has been since February of 1989. That year, Kansas lost seven-consecutive conference games and eight overall, and went on to miss the NCAA Tournament -- the only time they haven't Danced in the last 29 years.
Fortunately for the Jayhawks, the 2013 version of the team likely isn't going to have the same fate thanks to their elite amount of talent. Each of the team's top three scorers -- Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and Travis Releford -- shoot better than 50 percent from the floor, giving the Jayhawks several top-notch scoring options. Withey brings several other skills to the table as well, as evidenced by his 8.2 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.
Kansas State (19-4) enters the game winners of four straight, most recently avenging an earlier loss to Iowa State. Rodney McGruder is the Wildcats' leading scorer, averaging 15.0 points while grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. At 8-2, the Wildcats are atop the Big 12, and a fifth-straight win would give them a two-game advantage over Kansas.
The Jayhawks and Wildcats will tip off on ESPN following the completion of the early game, which pits the Georgetown Hoyas against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Hoyas will be looking for their sixth-straight victory.
In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Marquette earned a 49-48 victory in Milwaukee, despite the fact that the Golden Eagles shot just 4-for-17 from beyond the three-point arc. This time around, the Hoyas have a new look, with Greg Whittington no longer part of the team and Otto Porter stepping up in his absence.
Since Whittington's last game, a loss to Pitt three days after the Hoyas' previous meeting with Marquette, Porter has averaged 16.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. During that stretch, Georgetown is 7-1, with its lone loss coming at South Florida on Jan. 19.
The Hoyas and Golden Eagles are set for a 5 p.m. ET tip off on ESPN.