Kansas entered Monday's rivalry showdown with Kansas State on the verge of their first four-game losing streak in 25 years.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Kansas re-established themselves as the Big 12 favorite with renewed fundamentals, decision-making and energy.
"I thought we played with great energy. We acted like were having a lot of fun out there. A lot of enthusiasm," Bill Self said following their 83-62 victory.
Self appeared happy but not surprised. He understands how good the 20-4 Jayhawks can be and understands how important a few factors from Monday's win are in deciding the success or failure of this year's Kansas team.