Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks
February 16th, 8:00 pm CT | Allen Fieldhouse | ESPN
Enemy Den: Rock Chalk Talk | First Meeting: KU 69-64
Following Texas' double overtime triumph over Iowa State on Wednesday night, the Longhorns have given fans a glimmer of hope. Things could really get interesting, however, if Texas were to pull off a stunner tonight at the Phog.
Don't bet on it. While the Jayhawks recently suffered a three-game losing streak -- including a loss to TCU and another to Oklahoma State that was their first home defeat since J'Onions led Texas to victory there in 2010 -- Kansas emphatically ended their mini-slump this past Monday by throttling their in-state rivals, Kansas State. Texas won't be catching a complacent Jayhawks team; they'll be playing with energy and -- especially -- intense focus on suffocating defense.
Considering the home cooking that Kansas got playing, um, on Texas' home floor, where the Jayhawks shot 25 free throws to just 8 for the Horns, it's frightening to imagine what the free throw disparity might be tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. The big worry playing KU on their home floor is getting routed by turnovers, and it's here that you hope that Kabongo will really make a big difference.
There, and in getting out to run and pick up some easy points in transition. There may be no team more difficult to score on in the halfcourt than Kansas, and as woeful as Texas is shooting the ball from beyond the arc -- and as unlikely as they are to pick up many points at the line -- the need to pick up points in transition becomes essential. If Kansas' struggles at point guard are a problem again tonight, that would play right into our hands and, who knows, maybe Texas pulls off the shocking upset.
I'm not counting on it, but I'm glad to have a reason to watch with interest.
Let's do this. Beat KU.