But they're also aware of their conference championship drought.
"You look up on that wall, you see the last time that we were conference champions was 1977," McGruder said. "That was a long time ago. I wasn't even thought of. It just goes to show that we have a chance to accomplish something great."
The Jayhawks are far more accustomed to such greatness.
After blitzing the Mountaineers on Saturday behind a career-best 36 points from Ben McLemore, Kansas is closing in on at least a share of its ninth consecutive conference title.
To put into historical perspective, only four schools have won more in a row: UCLA won 13 Pac-8 and Pac-10 titles in the 1960s and `70s, Gonzaga won 11 straight in the West Coast before last season, UConn won 10 Yankee titles from 1951-61, and UNLV won the Big West every year from 1983-93.
The Jayhawks would be assured of matching Idaho State of the Rocky Mountain (1953-62) and Kentucky in the SEC (1944-53) if they manage to win their final two regular-season games.
"We just have to focus on what is in front of us right now," McLemore said. "Our focus is just to go out there and play ball."
The final couple games should be emotional for both teams.
The Jayhawks have four senior starters in Jeff Withey, Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson and Kevin Young that have all contributed to their run of success, and McLemore is widely expected to be a lottery pick if he leaves early for the NBA draft.
The Wildcats will be losing McGruder, along with Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving, who have been instrumental in helping to put the Kansas State program back on the map.
But for now, both teams are focusing on two games for all the laurels.
"We don't have to worry about our record now," Irving said. "We just worry about winning the day, and winning the next game that's on the schedule."