For the second time this week the Kansas Jayhawks took control of a game at the outset as the Jayhawk defense set the tone in the first half against Texas. Kansas held the Longhorns to just 30% shooting while playing consistently well on the defensive end. The result for Kansas was a 12 point halftime lead at 35-23. The problem is, that would be the good half.
Anytime you have the #11 team and the #2 team going head to head during conference play in January you expect a dogfight. Texas provided that and then some. The Longhorns slowly cut into the halftime deficit after a game that had been fairly clean in the first 20 minutes turned into a physical battle for the second. Texas adjusted to that style of play while Kansas did not. The Longhorns eventually took their first lead on a J'Covan Brown three with 10:35 to go in the game and that pretty much signaled the beginning of the end.
From that moment on, it was all Texas. The Longhorns basically flipped roles with Kansas from the first half as the Jayhawks shooting went ice cold. The Longhorns offense suddenly looked right on track and Kansas couldn't buy a bucket. Late in the game Kansas made a last ditch attempt at a rally, but at the end of the day the inability to put together 40 consistent minutes finally bit Kansas.
The Jayhawks fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. Texas takes the early lead in the Big 12 conference race and now the Jayhawks are playing catch up.