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Longhorns Fall in Big XII Tourney Final

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I am just walking in from a work engagement and want to put a few thoughts up. Despite a solid effort by the Longhorns, they fall 84-74 to Kansas in Kansas City. Texas is now 0-5 in Big XII tournament titles.

First, I didn't get to see any of the first half on television but did get to listen on the radio. How freaking good was DJ Augustin in the first 20 minutes? Second, I did get to see most of the second half on television.  

This was a fabulous basketball game by both teams and one in which Kansas made just a few more plays and was able to grab a few more rebounds. Nothing about losing to Kansas should give Longhorns' fans any concern. The Jayhawks are deep, have at least five future NBA players, and were playing in front of mostly a home crowd.

Texas got Kansas in Austin. The Jayhawks got the Longhorns in Kansas City. 1-1. Be proud.

A few reasons why Kansas ended up victorious:

1) +13 on the glass. I don't know how many offensive rebounds Kansas gathered but I do know they also had the advantage in second chance points.

2) Kansas shot 60% from behind the arc. Mario Chalmers was more than Super today. He was unbelievable! As a team KU was 15-of-25 from three. Charles hit eight three-pointers by himself.

3) Fast Break Points: 15-0 KU. Anytime you play Kansas, you have to slow down their fast break. They are just too good in transition. They can run off turnovers, off missed shots, and even off made buckets. With basically just six healthy and able Longhorns, the transition battle wasn't even close.

Overall, this was a fantastic college basketball game. Congratulations to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. KU is a very, very good basketball team and one that I'm glad Texas won't be playing again anytime soon.

--AW--