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Kansas-Kansas State is both must-see and can't-see TV

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If you're planning to park yourself on your couch to watch Wednesday's showdown between second-ranked Kansas and fifth-ranked Kansas State, I've got some bad news that might spoil your evening.

You probably won't have much luck finding the game on your cable package.

Somehow, someway, just the second matchup of top-five teams this season will only be televised on the Big 12 Network, which means it will air in just five of the nation's top 25 TV markets and hardly anywhere outside the Midwest. The rest of us will be treated to a national TV lineup that includes a must-watch Maryland-Duke game but also some, uh, pedestrian matchups like Alabama-South Carolina, Virginia-Boston College or Wake Forest-Florida State.

Although I readily admit that hardly anyone expected Kansas State to be second in the Big 12 and challenging for a No. 1 seed before the season, the Wildcats have been a known commodity for a couple months now. Couldn't somone at ESPN or the Big 12 have stepped in and saved us from having to drive to the nearest sports bar or scour the web for a blurry streaming feed to the game?

The most bizarre part of all this is that a game involving Kansas of all teams is not on network TV or basic cable. Of the 29 games the Jayhawks have played this season, 21 of them have been televised by CBS, Fox Sports Net or one of the ESPN family of networks.

Good thing we didn't miss that riveting Kansas-LaSalle showdown back in November.

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