Kansas and Ohio State have only played 10 times in their history on the hardwood, had not met in over 10 years before last year's December matchup and Columbus remains nearly 700 miles from Lawrence. Yet, the Jayhawks and Buckeyes have developed a mini rivalry following part one of this two-year home-and-home series and March's Final Four victory for KU.
The non-Jared Sullinger game played on December 10 of 2011 was widely overlooked for just that reason: Sullinger's absence. It put a marquee matchup of All-American candidates on hold as Thomas Robinson led Kansas to a 78-67 victory in Allen Fieldhouse.
Despite losing two key pieces to their respective tourney runs, both teams welcome back a trio of seasoned veterans that played a combined 210 minutes in that Final Four game.
Looking for redemption following a horrific shooting and foul-plagued night, junior forward Deshaun Thomas welcomes Jeff Withey and the Kansas Jayhawks into Value City Arena for a mega nonconference matchup of Top 10 teams.