Saturday, January 2, 2021

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas suffers 84-59 loss to No. 8 Texas

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) puts up a three over Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) puts up a three over Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.


To kick off 2021, the Texas men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire for a 84-59 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. It snapped an eight-game win streak for the third-ranked Jayhawks, while the No. 8 Longhorns have now won four in a row.

And that wasn’t even the biggest story of the day for Texas, because head football coach Tom Herman was fired just moments before an 11 a.m. tipoff in Lawrence.

On the basketball court, Texas (8-1, 2-0 Big 12) started in front and stayed there for the remainder of the game. The Longhorns’ length and athleticism proved to be a problem for the Jayhawks (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) all day.

Texas had five different plays reach double figures in the win, including four starters. Courtney Ramey led the way with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, including a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc.

The Jayhawks, who hit 16-pointers in a win over West Virginia last time out, weren’t able to get much going offensively. Jalen Wilson led the way with 20 points in the loss, while Ochai Agbaji finished with 11 points.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• Offensive highlight: A matchup against Texas seemed like a good one on paper for Jalen Wilson.

That didn’t come to fruition in the first half, however, with Wilson scoring just six points within the first 20 minutes. The Longhorns led by eight at the intermission, and never trailed during the first half in Lawrence.

Wilson then became KU’s offensive catalyst in the second half. He scored 14 of the team’s first 16 points in the second half, and he did so in a variety of ways. Wilson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, including one from the left wing with a man in his face at the 12:33 mark.

It is no secret that Wilson has emerged as KU’s best player, but Saturday showed how much this team does rely on him to get going.

• Defensive highlight: Despite coming off the bench, Mitch Lightfoot was the source for some much-needed rim protection on Saturday.

In just five minutes in the first half, Lightfoot recorded two blocks for the Jayhawks. As a team, KU only had four first-half blocks, and wasn’t able to compete with Texas’ length and athleticism. The Longhorns had four dunks and three layups in the first half alone, which accounted for half of their 14 made field goals in the first 20 minutes.

It all led to Lightfoot getting the start to begin the second half, taking David McCormack’s place at the five position.

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• Key stat: The Jayhawks, who averaged nine triples per game entering the weekend, finished 3-for-23 from distance in the loss to the Longhorns.

• Up next: Kansas will travel to TCU at 9 p.m. Tuesday


Barry Weiss 1 month, 4 weeks ago

That was just a good old fashioned butt whuppin, a real beatdown. I pretty much figured this small ball we play would catch up to us at some point. This is probably the weakest in the paint I can ever recall a KU team being. Not really much we can do about it until we recruit some legit bigs. DMac has struggled way more than I thought. It did not help that we could not hit anything from the field and 3 point line. Fools gold as coach Self has said.

Thomas Harrison 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Whatever made Self think that McCormack was going to be a difference maker this year?

Greg Bowles 1 month, 4 weeks ago

That was the worst AFH beating, since the thumping we got last year from Baylor. No rim protection, no paint protection, no 3 point line protection, lousy shooting, just an all around total breakdown.

Steve Zimmerman 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I think you're asking "why didn't we recruit those kind of players like UT & Baylor have?" They've got NBA size, length, athleticism and can shoot. They have better players.

Benjamin Shear 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Obiter dictum:

*Looks like all the time off for Christmas break really made the team flat. That shooting was terrible. KU got plenty of good looks but just missed.

*As you probably know from many of my comments, I've never been a big fan of McCormack. He is the stiffest big to play as a starter at KU ever. I'm glad he got the bench during the second half.

*The refs made some really soft calls. Lightfoot really got singled out for some petty fouls that were questionable.

*Texas is good, but they won (and we lost) by the 3 point line. If we both shot our average, KU might have had a chance.

*I like Smart's hairstyle. I think it looks good on him.

*Sims is the type of player KU needs. He just outplayed all our bigs. He was strong and mobile all game long.

*Was one of the refs wearing a plastic face covering? It looked really odd. The same ref also looked like he kept using hand sanitizer every time he touched the ball. Did anyone else notice that?

Steve Zimmerman 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I like the early going, McCormack was hungry with the dunk attempts. Those were all good efforts.

Ochai had good fakes, He should take more jumpers..

But boy, i wish Garrett had more awareness, quicker response. He missed a lot of good opportunities for Dave scored easy points. Garrett should take more jumpers or floaters instead of dribbling too deep. The screen plays helped him to score layups. Great offensive play!

Jaylen was strong in 2nd half, could've helped us in scoring in 1st half.

Braun has got to be trained more in attacking the basket. He panicked easily. His last minute passes cost us. No fakes whatsoever.

Enaruna showed coach could trust him more. He needs to learn how to dunk.

Mitch was a beast on D, but wasn't a factor on offense. It's not a bad loss, forget about the scoring, UT has more luck, heights, lengths, athleticism. It could've been a closer loss.. We good? I think so, if them shots were falling.

David Robinett 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Why don’t we have “length and athleticism” like UT and Baylor!? Can't be that hard to recruit to KU.

Rick Golden 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Harris doesn't seem to be a legit Division 1 player. Zero offense when he is in is a liability. We will struggle all year when we have trouble shooting the 3. I will not jump on Dmac we all know his game and ur kidding urself if u think it will change. I am surprised with the little fight we had in 2nd half...

Benjamin Shear 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Maybe the team is tired from all that bowling.

George Powell 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Time for Garret to go back to the 2 and let the freshman handle PG

Benjamin Shear 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Probably a good idea. Harris is a true point guard who won't really score much. Jossell is the same type of player.

Barry Weiss 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I tend to agree. I love Marcus and he means more to our team than anyone, but I think he is way more effective and helps us in more ways when not playing the point.

Bj Cassady 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I like the idea of playing Garret at the two. We are a thin team and get almost nothing from the bench. The only way to win, in my humble opinion is to full court press and put max pressure on the other teams guards. Defend like hell because once the other team gets it to their bigs, its over.

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