Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

No. 2 Kansas vs. San Diego State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

No. 2 Kansas vs. San Diego State

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SAN DIEGO -- Bill Self said his players didn't spend much time talking about their 42-point victory over Montana in the postgame locker room this past Saturday.

Quickly, the conversation turned to KU's next opponent San Diego State. The Aztecs will host the Jayhawks at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"We know that they can beat us," Self said, "because they already have."

It's the rare occasion when a KU team has a chance to avenge a nonconference loss. Two years ago, the Jayhawks were held to their lowest home point total in the Self era in a 61-57 setback against SDSU. The defeat snapped a 68-game home winning streak against nonconference foes.

"That game," KU forward Perry Ellis said, "will definitely be on some of our minds."

SDSU enters with a weaker team than KU faced two seasons ago.

The 2013-14 Aztecs went on to earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing the to Sweet 16 before falling to top seed Arizona.

This season has been more of a struggle for Steve Fisher's group, as SDSU is 7-5 with a 52-45 home loss last week to Grand Canyon.

"I don't understand that one," Self said, "but certainly they can really guard."

SDSU enters with the top 2-point defense in the country, as opponents have made just 36 percent of their inside shots. The Aztecs also are third nationally in block percentage, rejecting 17 percent of opponents' 2-point tries.

"They're terrific defensively," Self said. "They labor to score, but they labored to score two years ago."

Self told his players after the Montana game that the team was in need of a true road game. KU hasn't played on the road yet this season, and Big 12 conference play looms just two weeks away.

It should be a raucous atmosphere. Self said he'd heard the game had been sold out for months, and as of Monday evening, the cheapest non-handicap tickets were $160 each on StubHub. …

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