#2 Kansas (25-4, 13-3) at #25 Texas (19-10, 10-6)
When: Monday, February 29th 2016
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Time: 9:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The Kansas Jayhawks look for their tenth-straight victory on Monday when they visit the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Kansas clinched a share of their 12th consecutive Big 12 title on Saturday and will look to make it an outright championship against the Longhorns. The Jayhawks are now one title shy of the record set by the great UCLA teams of the 70’s when they won 13 straight Pac 10 titles from 1967-79. Kansas followed up two road victories with a home win on Saturday against Texas Tech. The Jayhawks led from start to finish and held the Red Raiders to just 31.6% shooting in the win. Kansas wasn’t as sharp as they have been shooting 44.4% in the game, but the defense did its job and will now face a tough Texas team on just a day’s rest. Perry Ellis, who averages a team-best 16.1 points, had just eight points against Texas Tech for his first single-digit outing since scoring five against Vanderbilt in November. Svi Mykhailiuk came off the bench to score 17 points and made all five of his 3-point attempts. Kansas has won nine of the past 10 meetings with Texas and leads the series 26-8.
Texas comes in having won three of its past four games after a 76-63 victory over fourth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday. The Longhorns used a 22-0 run to rally for the win and now stand at 10-6 in the conference – tied for 3rd. Texas will be trying to even the season series after suffering a 76-67 setback at Kansas on January 23rd. Junior point guard Isaiah Taylor had 18 points against the Sooners for his 23rd double-digit outing of the season and he leads the Longhorns in scoring (15.5) and assists (5.0). Center Prince Ibeh (4.1 points) was a nightmare for Kansas under the basket last month when he blocked a career-high seven shots and has 55 on the season. Texas led Kansas 35-30 at halftime, but were outscored by 14 in the second half. The Longhorns shot 48.2% for the game, but were outrebounded 36-29 and went cold in the second half. Texas is looking for their 20th victory under first-year coach Shaka Smart. It would be the Longhorn’s 16th 20-win season in the last 17 years.
Kansas is primed to be upset tonight after clinching the conference title on Saturday. Texas will be a lot more motivated in this one tonight and the Longhorns are a very good team to begin with. Texas is 14-2 at home this season.
Pick: Texas +2