The Red Raiders have been an irrelevant speck on the boot of the Jayhawks for more than a decade. That irrelevant speck is on the verge of ending one of the most incredible streaks in sports history.
COMPARE: Kansas vs. Texas Tech
Between 2004-17, Kansas went 392-79 (.832) overall and 183-38 (.828) in the Big 12. They never won fewer than 23 games in a season and never lost more than five conference games. They had seven 30-win seasons and never finished worse than first place in the Big 12.
Texas Tech, over that same time, went 203-217 (.483) overall and 72-148 (.327) in the Big 12. They never won 23 or more games in a season and only once had more than nine conference wins. They had seven seasons with 14 or fewer wins and only twice finished higher than seventh place in the Big 12.
Kansas has been led by one coach, has 30 NCAA Tournament wins, two national championship appearances, six First-Team All-Americans and four Big 12 Player of the Year winners. Texas Tech is on their sixth head coach and has three tourney wins, zero Sweet Sixteen appearances, zero First-Team All-Americans and zero Big 12 Player of the Year winners.
Challengers to the Jayhawks' title run have cycled in and out. Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and nearly every other current or former Big 12 program have almost knocked Kansas from their perch. Except Texas Tech.
After Kansas' loss to Baylor on Saturday afternoon, the Red Raiders are sitting alone in first place (entering Saturday night's game at Kansas State). There are still six games remaining and the teams have yet to play their second matchup, but as of now Texas Tech is on the verge of knocking off the mighty Jayhawks.