On Saturday afternoon, the No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks sprinted to a 14-2 lead over the Texas Longhorns in the first five minutes inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Junior guard Devonte’ Graham began the game scoring 7 of the 14 total points and claimed one of 5 steals taken by KU in the opening minutes. The rowdy crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse may have believed the Jayhawks would coast to another conference win.
The young and frenzied Longhorns then established their offense and found themselves back in the game with a 24-17 score at the 9:29 mark.
“Coming out, we did a good job. We were moving the ball well and then we went on a little slump, we didn’t score for like 4 or 5 minutes,” Graham said. “But I think for the most part we did a good job trying to be aggressive and drive downhill and execute when coach called plays.”
Kansas started the second half with a 41-33 lead, but Texas’s Jarrett Allen worked to keep the score close. The freshman helped UT climb back to a 59-53 score with 19 points and 16 rebounds until a lower right leg injury took him out of the game with 10 minutes to go.
Allen would return moments later, but the Jayhawk offense outscored the Longhorns 20-14 in the remaining minutes. The Jayhawks lead the entire game with a final score of 79-67. Bill Self and Kansas earned another conference win to tally a 7-0 record in the Big 12.
“We’ve been fairly consistent. I still think there’s another gear we can go to, I still think there’s another big step.”
Coming up next week for Kansas is a three game run against top-10 teams, traveling to No. 7 West Virginia followed by No. 5 Kentucky and then returning home to face No. 6 Baylor.
“It would be nice if we kick it into another gear because if we don’t, then we’ll be looking—two weeks from now—looking at the situation saying it’s anybody’s race.”