With each program coming off a dramatic road win, No. 7 Kansas and Kansas State will square off in a Saturday matinee at Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State (10-7, 2-4 Big 12) went into action a week ago riding a four-game losing streak. The Wildcats subsequently defeated then-No. 19 Texas Tech, which had knocked off top-10 opponents Kansas and Baylor in back-to-back games, then went on the road and stopped No. 23 Texas 66-65 on Tuesday.
Much has changed for LSU and Tennessee since the Southeastern Conference rivals met two weeks ago. The No. 13 Tigers (15-3, 3-3, SEC) lost starting point guard Xavier Pinson to a knee injury against the Volunteers and he hasn't played since. Darius Days, the team's second-leading scorer (13.5 points per game) and leading rebounder (7.3), injured an ankle in a 70-67 loss at Alabama on Wednesday.
Houston looks to remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play and remain at the top of the league standings when it hosts East Carolina on Saturday night. The 10th-ranked Cougars (16-2, 5-0 AAC) are seeking their ninth consecutive victory following a 74-55 win over South Florida at home on Tuesday. The Pirates (11-6, 2-3) have lost three of their past four games and are coming off a 92-85 overtime loss at home to UCF on Tuesday night.