After defeating TCU last night, the Texas Longhorns (16-16) move forward in the Big 12 Tournament to face the Kansas St. Wildcats (25-6). Kansas St. had a first-round bye, making this its first game in the Tournament.
Despite losing their regular season finale to Oklahoma St., the Wilcats took home a share of the Big 12 title. Kansas St. finished with a 14-4 conference record, tying state rival Kansas when the Jayhawks also lost their regular season finale to Baylor. Due to tiebreakers, Kansas St. fell to the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Wildcats have given Texas fits this year. KSU won the first game in Manhattan 83-57 after taking a 19-point lead into halftime. In round 2, Kansas St. easily dispatched Texas in Austin, 81-69. Two normal starters, junior guard Will Spradling and senior center Jordan Henriquez, are limited by injuries but should play.
A win puts Texas above .500 for the first time since November 19 and gives the Longhorns an outside shot at an NIT bid. A loss ends their season, barring a pity invite from the CBI Invitational.
It's Kansas freakin' State. Texas is due a win against them some time in our lifetimes, right?
Kansas St: G - Martavious Irving (#3 - Sr.) | G - Omari Lawrence (#12 - Jr.) | F - Thomas Gipson (#42 - So.) | F - Nino Williams (#11 - So.) | F - D.J. Johnson (#50 - Fr.) | C - Adrian Diaz (#20 - So.)
#7 seed TEXAS (16-16)
vs. #2 seed K-State (25-6)
Thu., March 14, 2013 • 6:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. • Sprint Center
TV: Big 12 Network > view local affiliates
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play), Reid Gettys (analyst), Holly Rowe (reporter)
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network
Craig Way (play-by-play), Eddie Oran (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 191 / Sirius 93
Streaming Audio: TexasSports.com
Live Stats: GameTracker