Lawrence, it was. – Courtney Rami Scoring 18 points to lead five Texas players with double figures, Longhorn defeated No. 8 Kansas ranked third 84-59 on Saturday to match the most unbalanced win by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse’s history.
Andrew Jones He added 14 points, Matt Coleman III He had 13 and Jericho Sims He earned 11 points and 12 rebounds for Longhorns (8-1, 2-0 Big 12), who turned an eight-point lead at the end of the first half into a blast in an amazing way.
The margin of victory was the largest for a Phog competitor since the Missouri 91-66 victory on February 1, 1989.
Kansas coach Bill Self said: “There were empty looks in the crowd. We have to be better mentally. It’s much more difficult.”
Galen Wilson He scored 20 points and Ochai Agbaji He had 11 Jayhawks (8-2, 1-1), who hit 31% of the field and only 3 of 23 went out of the arc in losing their first game since the opening match against the highest-rated Gonzaga.
Wilson said: “The message is very clear: This is not happening in Fieldhouse. This is very embarrassing. We are a good team and today we have not shown what we are capable of.”
Coincidentally, it was the first game among the top 10 Texas players in the big 12 game of the regular season since it beat a number then. 2 Kansas on January 22, 2011. The victory also slipped three games against the Jayhawks, who won 16 of 17 against Longhorns and was 16-1 against them in matches played at the 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas hadn’t taken the word since December 22, when it defeated the seventh-seeded West Virginia. The 12-day layoff was the longest in the regular season under Bill Self, who took charge of the program before the 2003-04 season.
Longhorns were further away. Thanks to a slight increase in COVID-19 positives at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, their game was canceled Tuesday night. That left Texas without a match since its victory over Oklahoma on December 20.
Coach Shaka Smart, who was never late to Longhorn’s team, said: “I am only happy for our youth. They put so much energy, time and effort into everything.” In the air, with no couple, but the guys got stuck in there and controlled what they could control.
Kansas missed its first eight shots and finished 1 of 7 from behind the arc in the first half. Texas performed slightly better than the 3-point range and expanded 10 turns, despite its run-up lag Kay Jones From the bench he led 37-29 in the first half.
The Jayhawks trimmed their deficit to four early in the second half, but 3 straight throws from Andrew Jones (who was 1 to 8 off the field) Coleman and Ramy gave Texas the biggest lead in 50-38 with 15:42 Togo.
Relying on their experience, the Longhorns refused to hold back on the pressure. They began to make shifts in the defensive end that resulted in an effortless shot, and their shot kept outside humming. Their feature swelled to 63-47 with 8:51 to go, forcing Self to call timeout – only for Jayhawks to instantly turn it back on again.
Sims added a dipping, Donovan Williams A 3 and another self-burning timeout also spanned texas bullets.
At that point, it looked as if the Longhorns would stand a chance at an unbalanced win for an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse’s history. Taeyeon Grant FosterA basket with just over a minute left prevented this from happening.
“The most important thing I said when we got to the dressing room after the match,” said Rami, “we’re supposed to do this. This should not be a shock or a surprise. when you go [and] We are, you come out with a dominant performance. Now we have to keep it going. ”
Jayhawks played without Bryce Thompson, The team’s best player from the bench, after Self said the new goalkeeper had hit his back with a “hard fall in a bad spot” in practice. Thompson averages 5.4 points in 17.5 minutes per game.
The Big Picture
Texas followed the scheme to hit the Jayhawks perfectly. She closed the ocean, as Kansas was very good at beating West Virginia, and dominated the glass to block second chance chances.
Kansas handled a much taller team in batting then no. 20 Kentucky earlier this season. But the Jayhawks struggled with what Texas brought to Earth. Big man David McCormack It was completely ineffective at the paint, and their guards, who relied on penetrating the driveway to create shots, kept finding their way clogged with a burnt orange.
Texas: Returns home to play Iowa on Tuesday.
Kansas: Heads to the University of California, on the same night.