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Texas defeats Kansas, 73-63

  • 6 p.m., Jan. 29, 2019
  • Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

No. 11 Kansas falls on road again, drops 73-63 defeat at Texas

Texas forward Jaxson Hayes (10) celebrates after he scored between Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) and guard Lagerald Vick (24) during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Texas won 73-63. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas forward Jaxson Hayes (10) celebrates after he scored between Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) and guard Lagerald Vick (24) during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Texas won 73-63. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Austin, Texas — Losing at Kentucky is one thing. Losing at Iowa State is another.

But now this?

Behind a lackluster first half and another off-key offensive night in the city dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World, the 11th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team dropped to 1-5 in true road games this season with a 73-63 loss to Texas on Tuesday night at Frank Erwin Center.

Clearly disappointed and more than a little perplexed after the loss, junior forward Dedric Lawson demonstrated, in just a few words, how dire things have become for Kansas away from home.

“When we walked in the locker room, Lagerald (Vick) said, ‘We suck on the road; we’ve got to do something different,’” Lawson recalled. “I agree. We definitely have to do something different. We have to find ways to win on the road. I don’t know. Change shoes. We’ve got to try to do something — something different.”

Texas is now 9-4 in its home gym this season, and the Jayhawks on Tuesday were unable to accomplish something that Radford, VCU, Providence and Texas Tech had done earlier this season.

Tuesday was just KU’s 7th loss all-time in Austin, with the last setback coming during the 2013-14 season. Before that, you had to go back to 2008 to find the last time the Longhorns knocked off KU on their home floor.

That result never looked to be in doubt during this one. The Longhorns led for 37:42 of the 40-minute game and Kansas led for a total of just 9 seconds.

Asked after the loss where this one got away from them, Self smirked and said, “Where’d it get away? I don’t know, probably, what time did we fly down (Monday)? I don’t know that we were ever good tonight by any stretch.”

Generally speaking, fast starts are a good recipe for road success. The Jayhawks did not even have an opportunity to test that theory on Tuesday night.

During its first six possessions, which produced just 2 points, Kansas had two shots blocked and turned it over twice, including a shot clock violation.

Texas coach Shaka Smart, who defeated Self and the Jayhawks for the first time since his monster win in the Elite Eight back in 2011 with VCU, said he thought Texas’ close-call loss in Lawrence two weeks ago provided the kind of fuel the team needed to finish the job this time around.

“They had a real hunger, because we’re down 2 with 8 or 9 or 10 seconds left and the ball (in Lawrence), and we didn’t finish the way we wanted to up there,” Smart said.

UT sophomore Jase Febres, the player who wound up with the ball in his hands and a chance to win in Lawrence, knocked in 4-of-8 from 3-point range on Tuesday and finished as one of four Longhorns to reach double figures.

Three Jayhawks reached double digits, but only Agbaji, who made the first start of his young career, matched the kind of offensive punch that the Longhorns had.

The freshman from Kansas City, Mo., led all scorers with 24 points and also tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7 in 35 minutes.

“He was really good tonight,” Self said of the guard who started in place of Vick, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes. “He (Agbaji) was arguably the best player in the game. We just didn’t have any help for him tonight.”

After the loss, Self described the Kansas offense as “so poor” and bemoaned the fact that the KU coaching staff has not found a way to get it going.

“The pieces just don’t quite fit yet,” Self said. “I’ve got to figure out a way to get the pieces to fit better. Because we’ve got good pieces. I’ve just got to do a better job of figuring it out.”

Despite the gruesome beginning, a corner 3-pointer from Quentin Grimes allowed the Jayhawks to stay within a point heading into the first TV timeout. Texas’ 3-of-9 shooting to open the game had something to do with that.

Out of the timeout, however, the Longhorns (12-9 overall, 4-4 Big 12) got back-to-back 3-pointers from Kerwin Roach Jr., and opened up a 12-5 lead midway through the first half.

Another Kansas shot clock violation followed — out of a timeout, no less — and the Longhorns responded to the energized effort on defense by opening up a 23-12 lead at the 5:56 mark of the first half.

Kansas, which finally got a bucket from Lawson at the 3:09 mark — appropriately on a tip-in of his own miss — closed the half on an 11-3 run and trailed just 26-23 at the break.

Texas responded to the Jayhawks’ run with an 11-4 stint of its own over the end of the first half and start of the second, pushing the lead back to 8 points just 5 minutes into the second half.

That allowed the Longhorns to play most of the second half with a lead of at least 5. Kansas (16-5, 5-3) closed the gap to a single possession just once — 48-45 after a circus finish by Vick — and could not overcome the Longhorns’ strong showing at the free-throw line down the stretch.

Texas, which entered the game at 68.7 percent from the free-throw line for the season, made 21 of 23 (91.3 percent) from the line to lock down the upset.

Even one of the two charity shots the Longhorns missed — a front end by Roach in the final minute — wound up benefiting them, when Roach took advantage of KU’s failure to box him out on the miss and outraced Vick to the loose ball. He was immediately fouled and cooly hit the next two free throws to put Texas up, 67-61, with 41.5 seconds to play.

“That was not why we lost,” Self said. “But that, and the next possession, (cost us any chance of winning).”

And so the Jayhawks, wrapped in ice and riddled with blank stares, filed out of another road venue with another tough loss, this time staring up at 2-loss Baylor and Kansas State ahead of them in the Big 12 standings.

There are still 10 games to play in the regular season, and, as Smart so eloquently pointed out after his team snapped a 10-game losing streak against Kansas, “This is a league where teams are going to continue to fight it out.”

The question now for the Jayhawks, however, is how much fight do they have in them and where will it come from? Tough questions for any team to face as the calendar readies to flip to February.

“It’s definitely fixable,” Lawson said. “It’s not the end of the season. We’re in February. So we still have a month left before March to fix these things and become a better team.”

Added Self, with just a hint more realism: “Based on where we’re at right now, I think (calling it) a rut is too strong, but I don’t think our ceiling is near as high as it’s been in years past. That’s not being negative. That’s being factual.”

Comments

Bryce Landon 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The only positive we can take from this loss is Ochai Agbaji single-handedly keeping us in the game with his monster effort. Other than that, the team looked stale. Seriously, I've seen moldy bread that looked fresher than Kansas did tonight. It's almost as if the debacle at WVU shattered their confidence. They look unsure of themselves, lost, discombobulated, and like they're having no fun playing basketball. They are in the doldrums, and that's a bad place to be in when your next opponent, Texas Tech, is full of confidence after laying a 19-point smackdown on TCU.

Luke Kading 4 months, 2 weeks ago

What an embarrassing loss. My goodness. I've never been so bored/depressed watching Kansas basketball than I have with this year's team, save some really good wins early (with Dok). One guy shows up to play, and he was redshirting less than a month ago. Agbaji was awesome tonight, but that's it. No energy. No leadership. No nastiness. They struggle to run any real offense. It's hard to watch and realistically I don't see how it's gonna get a whole lot better. Even if they are lucky enough to get De Sousa back there is just such little fire power on this team. Any road win will be a miracle at this point.

We've all been pretty spoiled over the last couple decades, but this is shaping up to be by far Self's worst team in my opinion

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Weaving, dribble drive - only to get blocked. Lawson dribbling against 2 Texans, Garrett against 3 - seriously? Out..standing - keep standing around by the perimeter.. waiting for 3pt? Watch the tape again, ^KU coaches^.. tell our guys to play PICK AND ROLL. It's very simple: you pass to the guy that's slipping toward the rim. Talk to Jay Bilas. Yes, like Vick to David. Giving away 10 3pt is insane. Shot clock violations over & over?

It's so frustrating watching a blueblood playing like D2. Even a HS team can beat this team. We good? No, we not good! Yes, Ochai is special. That's at least a progress. Texas looked ready and they definitely have better players in terms of making good choices, quick decision. That's a big difference.

Luke Kading 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I had to go watch some Quentin Grimes high school highlight videos. Sure wish that player was here.

Outside of three or four games where he has made some threes, he has really done nothing of note. So basically right now he is a bad (mostly) spot up shooter.

Obviously the talent is there, but the confidence is not. Even against Kentucky when he had a "good" game, there were several instances where he got his shoulders past his man and could have attacked the hoop hard, but instead chose to back out his dribble.

Sure hope he figures it out soon. If not this team is in huge trouble

Layne Pierce 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Only way this team has a chance is to get nasty. We are soft, we should take more charges. And make teams hesitate to drive the middle.

On offense we need to weave, ok, but break off of screens, and drive hard to the basket, sometimes we need to take good 2 point shots, we shoot 3s or we try to always force a shot at te basket.

We can't be passive. It just won't work. This team is the worst offensive team, I have seen in te last 10 years.

Its not too late, but it is getting close. RCJH

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

What's KU chance to land this guy? Doakes looks legit.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Everyone looks legit in their mixtape. That's why they make them.

Currently ranked 161st nationally, small (6'1", 160lb), and not being recruited by KU at all so the current odds would be "no chance". We'll already have two small guards on the roster by the time he can arrive as well (Dotson & McBride) so I'm not sure we need another small one when basketball is trending towards being able to switch defensively and to do that you need big guards.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, that's a good info. I just like his moves. But, yeah, I get your point. Hopefully we can get big guards that are not just athletic but also effective both on defense and offense.

Duane Peschka 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The poor performance led to 2 games KU should not have lost, WV, and Tex. The same problems from those games and even very close games at home indicates the Coaches and Players are NOT focusing on the reasons for such poor play. As I stated before: 1st. POOR DEFENSE-they DO NOT MOVE QUICK ENOUGH. They are usually behind the driver to the basket and they do not RECOVER QUICK enough to hinder a 3-point shooter,(JUST LOOK AT THE FILM). VICK- if he is not scoring, pull him because he makes sloppy passes, soft and slow, and he certainly CANNOT play any defense. 2nd. Grimes is slow on defense and he is thinking too much on offense as he should be attacking the basket more. 3rd. Lightfoot is TOO LIGHT to be more physical as a 4 or 5 and he is SLOW. 4th. Dotson is improving on poor passing but he still does poor on drives to the basket for lay-ups. 5th. Moore has very little to contribute. 5th. Coach Self needs to assay different and more defenses, and place the RIGHT player-mix on the court at he right time. KU is not going to win the Conference Championship without making major interventions NOW. However, if play improves from those changes, they can still win the Post-Season Tour. Championship. For you neophytes, my background: I was a defensive specialist in 8th grade, and we won the City Basketball Championship(Tulsa OK), in Junior Year of High School, we won the State BB Championship and I was selected on the Tournament All-Star !st Team, then 2years of college ball(Our conference was the Missouri-Valley-which was the toughest conference in BB), after 2 surgeries for knee damage, I played 3 years for an AAU team that won the National Championship. I coached 22 years while refereeing for 24 years, and my real profession was a Registered Nurse with 2 College Degrees. Enough is said.

Jim Keen 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Amplifying on two of Duane's points... 3rd: Lightfoot does not have a firm grip on the ball. Weak hands? Too many times after he gets a rebound, an opponent grabs the ball out of his hands. 5th: Last night Charlie Moore dribbled around the perimeter aimlessly eating up clock which eventually resulted in a shot clock violation. Not the first time he's done that. Very frustrating game. Hard to watch.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Enough is said" was appropriate when you started...or when you had your 5th point twice.....the rest was mostly Chicken Little nonsense.

Are you sure you're not Jon Lovitz?

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Holy cow, we've got a nurse in our presence, everybody bow down!

What exactly about being a nurse with 2 college degrees matters to a discussion about basketball? My sister is a nurse practitioner who also played college ball, maybe I could give you her number and you can call her when you have questions since she's clearly got more nursing credentials than you.

I've got two college degrees as well but I'm not on here using it as a reason people should listen to me when discussing basketball. I'm also a former coach but again, I don't use that as some reason I'm superior on here. It's the first time I've ever mentioned either one.

Anyone who says the MVC was the toughest conference in basketball should be questioned, that's for sure. I thought maybe you were referring to the 1950's or something but knee surgeries and continuing to play in the 50's wasn't a thing so you must just be trying to falsely bolster your resume as if us "neophytes" care.

Stuart Corder 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This game only furthered my feelings that Coach Self has invested in the wrong players/strategies, sacrificing valuable opportunities for others.

The “4 G” lineup on this team does not have the shooters that made that strategy successful in recent years.

K.J. Lawson/Mitch Lightfoot/David McCormack are all taller and stronger than Marcus Garrett. It’s almost as if they are real post players. 🤔

I did get to watch this game, and it sure seemed to me like the team found improved efficiency in the fleeting moments when Dedric Lawson was paired with Lightfoot/McCormack, but all momentum was stifled when we reverted back to “4 G”.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you forget that Self had no plans of using the 4 guard lineup this year? He explicitly stated that he would play 2 bigs the majority of the time. This was the case until Dok got hurt and Silvio has remained ineligible, removing 2 of the 3 bigs intended to get major minutes in the offense. He didn't "invest" in playing these guys in this configuration. It's the hand he's been dealt based on injury, NCAA feet dragging, and one and a "OAD" playing like a walk-on.

KJ plays no defense. Rebounding is the only thing he's "good" at. He's OK at shooting some nights. Mitch is never the answer. DMac isn't ready.

Bill Lamson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I feel like we've been sold a bill of goods with several players on this team. In addition to the comments above, I'll add one...what happened to Lawson being such a phenomenal passer???? I haven't seen it. Whenever he gets double teamed in the post, which is often, he almost never finds the open man flashing to the basket...at best he just kicks it out to whoever is close to him on the perimeter. Last night I saw several people in the paint whose man was helping against Lawson and he never found that open Jayhawk. If he does that it's an easy bucket and can have a huge impact but he literally never makes that pass, ever. One more thing on him...can someone please tell him he's not a point guard!!! He does have some good moves with that spin and can handle the ball good for a guy his size, but I'm tired of seeing him dribbling the ball more than a few times and having it stolen...it happens a lot, and it's a pointless turnover. That being said...RCJH!

David Robinett 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Put hustle players out there (not Vick).

I think it would be worth letting McCormack plays thru mistakes to have some size and energy.

Dedric Dotson Agbaji Garrett Grimes or K.J.

Chris DeWeese 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree. When Dok went down, I really wanted Self to put McCormack in the starting lineup. Sure, we'd take our lumps due to his inexperience, but I say drill him hard in preparation for the tournaments. Let him blossom.

Armen Kurdian 4 months, 2 weeks ago

We've got some bad decision making too. Like Lawson taking an NBA three after the turnove with just a minute and a half left in the game. That's not his shot. We're not having enough designed plays to get Vick the ball, and so many times on offense we're seeing the ball get stuck. I don't see the ball movement I have in years past. Three shot clock violations...I'm watching the game in 24 hour fitness from the cross-trainer and at one point just w/o thinking shouted, "Shoot it!" two seconds before the horn.

It is what it is, w/o Doke we are a lot less good, and there isn't the harmony you usually see...KU teams in the past have bad nights, this is a little more systemic. I know they are trying, I know Coach is trying to find a formula.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Texas played well. They have matchups that they exploited. Every matchup advantage has a similar disadvantage, in theory. Our boys weren't able to exploit those.

On paper, this was a team with a dominant center and power forward, a returning shooter with flaws, a dominant multi position defender, two potential star McD AA backcourt mates and a deep supporting cast. Ranked #1 for many reasons.

That's changed.

The center and some of the depth is gone (Dok, DeSousa and Cunliffe) Charlie Moore has proven largely ineffective. Mitch and KJ and Big Mac are better spot depth and have limitations in matchups they've been forced into. Only one McD AA has flourished.

So there's now this.

An elite PF, and PG an emerging wing and a lockdown multi position defender with occasional offensive outbursts and a shooter with the same flaws and limitations....

Now it's game on. The players have revealed who they are, or left the stage. It's up to a HOF coach to cobble together enough parts to go on a run. He's done it with less (2011-2012).

Here's what there isn't.... issues with "There's no leader", "They're lazy" or any similar nonsense from the Chicken Littles and half wits.

David McNickle 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Who would you say the "leader" is? Agree with everything else.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

IMHO it's Garret's team.... transitioning to Dotson's team.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I would like to see Dedric, our double, double machine be our leader. I know it may not be a perfect fit for him, but it probably could fall on him more naturally than our senior, Vick.

Chris DeWeese 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Some people have it, some don't. I agree that Garrett could be a great team leader, and I'd like to see more of him in that role. Unfortunately, Dedric just isn't that guy. I can also see Ochai emerge into a leader down the road.

David McNickle 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Think it's tough for a first year player to be the leader. Maybe something we should have considered when placing all these expectations on team. Right now it is Garrett but I would expect Dotson to take that role over in the year's to come.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with most everything said here. The one exception is Bill Self has said we don't have a leader and need one so I'm not going to state otherwise. He'd know better than any of us if that's the case.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Well said. I'll not argue with either HCBS or Shannon.

Michael Leiker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Any fan who has been watching closely that didn’t see this coming has been kidding themselves.

Duane Peschka 4 months, 2 weeks ago

For Jay Scott, I remember very well that when I questioned KU's lack of Dotson's defense(as well as the rest of the team) after the Iowa St. game you countered by saying "Dotson covered Lindell Wigginton and was all over him all night". Obviously you were watching a different game because Dotson DID NOT GUARD WIGGINTON ALL NIGHT(Self had the players switching defense for all his players, EXCEPT DOTSON. as Self stated ) but guarded NICK WEILER-BABB ALL NIGHT, because of the damage Babb did in the previous Iowa St. game at Ames when KU lost by 17 points because of limited offense but mainly due to poor(at times none) defense. At the game in Lawrence, Babb scored 12 points and Dotson was on him ALL NIGHT. Also it is obvious you know very little about how to play defense including the different types used in certain situations. I could still " shut- you-down" on defense now. The only thing you know is Chicken-Little, because I do not think you are a TRUE KU FAN. When the team struggles, particularly as in lack of Road Wins(as now), TRUE FANS are REALISTIC and aspire to improved play with some thoughts as to what appears(AS ALL THE PLAYERS HAVE STATED INCLUDING ALL THE COACHING STAFF ESP. SELF) as the problems and a solution(s)to at least try.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The commentators on TV disagreed with you. No rational person thinks Dotson isn't a quality defender.

Let me guess......3-4 years ago you were demanding the HCBS recruit a new PG because Mason and Graham were awful.

Chicken Littles are easy to spot, and to mock.

Here's some vintage Duane...on MnM Morris

"The twins can not dunk on a FISHER-PRICE GOAL, can not shoot lay-ups. NO defense, halfl-baked rebounding. Do not comprehend the flow of game.,"

It gets worse. You have no clue. I pity kids that you say you've coached.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You may or may not know what you're talking about as far as basketball is concerned but one thing that is certain by the tone of your two posts in here is you're a certified braggadocios a55hole. I sure hope you don't pass your superiority complex on to these kids you're coaching. I'm certain you brag to them about your past basketball exploits.

Anyone who posts on here thinking the staff is going to read it and implement their changes because they were the defensive stopper on their 8th grade team are out of their mind.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm always impressed by your kindness Shannon.

Dan Philipps 4 months, 2 weeks ago

One thing that encouraged me in the Texas game was to see Bill Self play 10 folks and mix up some defenses. We all know HCBS prefers to play 8-9. There were 10 players in the Texas box score and foul trouble was not an issue; this is an indicator that HCBS was looking for a spark in the team. He tried to push the right buttons, but it didn't work ... Kudos to him for trying. I would like to see him mix-up some of the offense in future games to see if that will pay dividends.

It's pretty obvious that our perimeter players are having trouble putting the ball in the basket, and our interior offense is a one-man show. I really like Garrett, but asking him to guard post players is a symptom of McCormack and Lightfoot not being ready to contribute. I honestly think Silvio could really change the fortunes of this team ... He will not crowd the spacing for Lawson like Udoka did, and is a much better player than our other big men outside of Lawson.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for offensive flexibility and the NCAA releasing Silvio.

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Silvio would certainly do wonders for us right now.

Freddie Garza 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Small-ish team that can't shoot. That's troubling.

Steve Corder 4 months, 2 weeks ago

An old coaching friend remarked to me, “He (Self) is trying to put a square peg into a round hole. He must go big!”

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

If he wasn't missing his two best centers that would be a great plan. If Mitch is ever one of the solution to KU's problems then we are in serious trouble.

Duane Peschka 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay, TV commentators, Fran Fra.. does all big 12 games. When he coached College BB teams his teams were lousy. That is one reason he left coaching and as a big12 Media Rep he has to praise Conference players. He still does not know defense now just as when he coached, but then you do not know. It would be nice that you expand your literary knowledge by reading other literature besides "CHICKEN LITTLE" so you can use more adult contemporary paraphrases. As far as my coaching record the wins and many Championships speak for themselves. As Steve Corder wrote above "He (Self) is trying to put square peg into a round hole. He must get big!" That is a very wise statement. In case you haven't read, Self admitted he made errors in his decisions during several recent games. Daily assessments and evaluations of team and player production ,both positive and negative for team success are constantly ongoing. THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THAT WANT CHANGE WHEN IT IS AN IMPROVEMENT AND THOSE WHO JUST WANT THE STATUS QUO REMAIN STAGNANT WITH A VOCIFEROUS CHANT TOWARDS THE OTHERS OF JUST SEE ALL THE CHICKEN LITTLES. Without change for improvement the same frustrated, sloppy , play will continue with little or not success to achieve goals.

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Fran Fra.. does all big 12 games."

Who did last night's game? Jay Bilas....wow. Not Fran? But he does ALL the Big12 games......

Duane. At this point there's no need for me to make you look like a moron. You have that handled. Your own efforts in this area are far better than anyone could hope to exceed. I'll let you keep going and just laugh along... Please don't stop....

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure that they won't be forfeiting the rest of the games. Maybe some of the fans should switch to watching something else. It seems to make them irrational.

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