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No. 2 Kansas faces No. 4 Kentucky in marquee game this week

Kansas has been the hottest team in the country, reeling off 18 straight wins since its season-opening loss to Indiana. The Jayhawks are up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and have positioned themselves for a 13th straight Big 12 title.

Next up is one of the most difficult stretches any team in the country will face this season.

Starting with Tuesday's game against No. 18 West Virginia, the Jayhawks (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) will play three ranked teams in nine days, including the No. 4 team in the country.

"I still think there's another gear we can go to. I still think there's another big step," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I don't think we're all quite on the...