Rumor has it that before the game today, Bill Self told David Beaty that “Anything you can do, I can do better.”
Ok, I totally made that up, but not only did Kansas beat Texas in football, the Jayhawks also took care of business against the Longhorns on the basketball court today, getting a 79-67 win.
Kansas came out on fire early on and looked to bury Texas and run away, scoring the first six points of the game en route to building early leads of 14-2 and 19-5. The Jayhawks offense went a bit stagnant at that point, however, and Texas climbed back to within just three points several times during the first half. After a Jarrett Allen jumper made it 26-23 with 5:12 until halftime, Kansas started to click again, outscoring Texas 15-7 the rest of the half to take a 41-33 lead into the break.
The second half was mostly just Kansas keeping Texas at arms length. The Longhorns closed to within four points at 53-49 following a pair of Eric Davis free throws with 13:50 to play, but just couldn’t get any closer. Kansas quickly got the lead back to 8 on a Carlton Bragg dunk with 12:12 to play, and the Jayhawks hit a couple of backbreaking threes with under a minute to go to claim a 79-67 victory.
This and That
Texas committed six turnovers before the first media timeout.
The Longhorns finished with 19 turnovers as a team.
Jarrett Allen, who chose to attend Texas over Kansas, absolutely abused the Jayhawks in this one, putting up a game-high 22 points on 9-14 shooting with 19 rebounds.
Too bad Allen won’t get to play in the NCAA Tournament. Maybe he should have made a better college choice.
Kansas had four players in double figures, led by Devonte Graham’s 18 points on 6-10 shooting, including 4-8 from behind the arc.
Landen Lucas went 0-4 from the floor, his only points coming on two free throws, but picked up 14 rebounds and only committed two fouls.
There was a Mitch Lightfoot sighting in the first half. He was credited with four minutes of PT, hit his only shot and picked up two rebounds.
As a team, Kansas hit 11-23 (47.8%) three pointers.
Kansas went 12-17 (70.6%) from the charity stripe.
The Jayhawks never trailed in this one.
Kansas will travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia on Tuesday, January 24, at 6 PM on ESPN.
We'll have more on the Texas game in the next day or two, but for meow, the comments section is yours.