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“I didn’t know what the Harlem Shake was,” he said. “They asked me to do what I did, which really, I’m sure, added a lot to the video. I do think it showed team unity. The other thing is that I think our fans like seeing that our guys are real. I think that’s what it does for us.”

All the silliness aside, the Jayhawks are looser now than they have been in months, and all those positive vibes couldn’t be coming at a much better time.

Kansas has won eight consecutive Big 12 titles, but that reign is on the rocks. It wasn’t long ago that the Cowboys ended the Jayhawks’ lengthy home winning streak, and a loss Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena would leave them a game behind Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

“Oklahoma State is a tough team,” Releford said. “They came here and got us. We know we have to be on our game, go down there and do what we’re supposed to.”

Cowboys coach Travis Ford sounded surprised when he was asked about the Jayhawks’ recent three-game skid, pointing out that they’d lost one game before it all season.

“They’ve still only lost three or four. They’re still one of the best teams in the country,” he said. “I think Coach Self said it himself, losing a couple games can happen to anybody.”

Still, Self said the game may be the biggest between the two teams since his first year at Kansas, when Eddie Sutton was still leading the Cowboys. The Jayhawks finished tied for second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma State, which advanced all the way to the Final Four.

“I’d anticipate Gallagher-Iba rocking,” Self said. “We’re going to have to bring a great focus and, beyond focusing and competing, we’re going to have to execute as well.”