In an almost fully packed Frank Erwin Center, the Texas Longhorns opened up conference play against the 13-time Big 12 Champions, the Kansas Jayhawks.
The 11th ranked Jayhawks absolutely shot the lights out, cruising to a 92-86 victory. They shot an incredible 17 for 35 from the beyond the arc, the most ever by Kansas in a game. Lagerald Vick had 21 points and went 5 for 8 beyond the arc. Devonte Graham also hit six on the way to 23 points.
Although the Longhorns were able to get cut the lead to within five around the six minute mark, Kansas answered from downtown, something that was very much a trend in this game. Despite a loss, there was very much a silver lining in the way Mohamed Bamba played against the Jayhawks defense. Bamba finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and an incredible eight blocks, nearly completing the second triple-double in Texas history.
Unfortunately, the two pointers from Bamba and others was not enough to compete with the 3-point barrage of Kansas. The Longhorns were a lackluster 7 for 25 from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks won that battle, and it gave them enough of a cushion to hold on in the second half.
The Longhorns will be headed to Ames, Iowa next to take on the 9-2 Cyclones in the Hilton Coliseum. Coach Steve Prohm has four players who are in double figures, and the team is riding a 9-game winning streak. Texas and coach Shaka Smart will hopefully be able to cool down the red hot Cyclones on New Year’s day.