Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

No. 1 Kansas mollywhops No. 23 Texas, locks up a No. 1 seed

Landen Lucas, Connor Lammert,  Prince Ibeh, Kendal Yancy

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) scores over Texas forward Connor Lammert (21), center Prince Ibeh (44) and guard Kendal Yancy (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


By the time Javan Felix of No. 23 Texas finally hit a little runner in the lane, more than six minutes had run off the clock and No. 1 Kansas was already holding a 15-0 lead thanks, in large part, to an 0-for-14 start from the floor from the Longhorns.

Once Kansas built that lead, Texas was only able to get the deficit to single-digits for 25 seconds midway through the first half. It wasn’t until there were about six minutes left in the half that the Longhorns finally had more made field goals (six) than they had shots blocked by Landen Lucas (five).

And if that’s not enough to summarize the 86-56 mollywhopping that Kansas put on Texas, this should be:

The Jayhawks shot 11-for-16 from three, 64 percent from the floor, totally took advantage of the mismatch they had with Perry Ellis offensive -- he had 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting seemingly without breaking a sweat -- and shut down Texas’ Isaiah Taylor, who was 1-for-10 from the floor as the Jayhawks took away any space he had in the lane.

Credit Kansas. They looked every bit the part of the best team in the country, winning by 30 on the same floor that, on Saturday, Oklahoma lost on by 13 points. I’m not sure the Jayhawks are quite this good or that Texas is anywhere near this bad -- sometimes there are night where one team catches fire, it happens -- but what we did see here was Kansas’ ceiling. This is how good they can be when everything is clicking.

This win all but locks Kansas into a No. 1 seed come Selection Sunday, and they are now the favorite in the clubhouse to have the No. 1 overall seed.