Men's College Basketball
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Kansas at Texas
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 24, 2015
Where: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas

Kansas has claimed at least a share of the last 10 Big 12 regular-season titles, although the challenge of winning another will be no easy task considering six of the league’s 10 teams currently find themselves among the top 25. Two of them square off on Saturday when the 14th-ranked Jayhawks visit No. 18 Texas. Kansas followed last Saturday’s 86-81 loss at No. 12 Iowa State with a thrilling 85-78 home win versus No. 20 Oklahoma, rallying late after blowing a 20-point first-half lead.

The Jayhawks have won six of their last seven against the Longhorns, although their two meetings last year produced drastically different results. Texas cruised to an 81-69 victory at home on Feb. 1 before closing 2013-14 with a 7-7 finish, which included Kansas’ 85-54 rout three weeks later that served as the Longhorns’ largest margin of defeat since 2005. Texas has rebounded nicely since back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, pounding No. 17 West Virginia by 27 at home last Saturday before defeating TCU by 18 on the road two days later.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, CBS

ABOUT KANSAS (15-3, 4-1 Big 12): Frank Alexander (8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds), who was benched for most of the second half of Monday’s loss due to inconsistent effort, provided 13 boards – including a season-high seven offensive rebounds – in 23 minutes on Monday. “Let’s be honest, Perry (Ellis) and Jamari (Traylor) are great, but they don’t give us the physical presence like Cliff potentially does. We need that, it changes our team,” coach Bill Self told the Kansas City Star. Fellow freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. (8.6 points) took about a month to earn regular playing time, but is averaging 13.7 points over his last nine games after failing to crack double digits in any of his first nine contests.

ABOUT TEXAS (14-4, 3-2): The Longhorns figure to challenge Alexander’s motor as much as any team can in the conference as they rank second in the nation in blocks (7.7) and rebounding margin (plus-12.2) and third in field-goal percentage defense (34.4). Much of the credit for those gaudy marks goes to 6-11 freshman Myles Turner (team-leading averages of 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.7 blocks) and 6-9 forward Cameron Ridley (8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks). Isaiah Taylor (11.4 points), who went 10-of-40 from the field in his first four games back from a broken left wrist, tallied 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting on Monday to go along with seven boards and six assists.

TIP-INS

1. Kansas (285) and Texas (220) are the only two Big 12 schools to post more than 200 wins against league competition.

2. Alexander is shooting 70.8 percent from the field in conference play.

3. The Longhorns have posted a double-digit rebounding margin 13 times and rejected at least eight shots 11 times this season.

PREDICTION: Texas 73, Kansas 70
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Kansas 15-3 W1 9-0 2-2 4-1 7-0 8-3 4-1
Texas 14-4 W2 9-2 3-2 2-0 4-1 10-3 3-2
Last Meeting
Kansas Texas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/22/14 TEX 54 KU 85 85 36 51.7 54 33 34.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Kansas A. Wiggins 21 58.3 4
Texas J. Holmes 17 63.6 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Kansas J. Embiid 7 2 5
Texas P. Ibeh 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Kansas W. Selden Jr 7
Texas I. Taylor 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Kansas P. Ellis 230 43.1 63
Texas M. Turner 213 46.5 68
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Kansas P. Ellis 121 44 77
Texas M. Turner 122 29 93
Assists Player  
Kansas F. Mason 75
Texas D. Holland 47
Quickchart Matchup
Kansas Off vs  Texas Defense
72.3 Points For
56.3 Points Against
43.5 FG%
34.4 FG%
36.4 Reb
25.3 Reb
Texas Off vs  Kansas Defense
69.9 Points For
64.9 Points Against
43.8 FG%
40.9 FG%
25.3 Reb
29.7 Reb