Texas Longhorns 81, Kansas Jayhawks 69: Horns Rock the Chalk

Stacy Revere

Texas wins four straight against ranked opponents with a victory at home versus Kansas.

Kansas' undefeated Big 12 record is no more. The Texas Longhorns defeated the Kansas Jayhawks at home, 81-69. Texas controlled the ballgame throughout in a wholly dominating performance. The Longhorns grabbed a double-digit lead after the first half U-4 timeout on a Connor Lammert jumper and never relinquished it.

Some major kudos ahead:

"I think there's a new star born in Austin." - Fran Fraschilla on Texas freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor. Yes, there is. Taylor led the way with 23 points, shooting 7-14 from the field and 8-8 from the line. Dude gets to the paint at will, and it. is. beautiful.

Jonathan Holmes brought the wood. He had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, including a monster first-half block that gave Coach Fran a Gus Johnson level of excitement.

Cameron Ridley beat up Joel Embiid early, finishing with 9 points and 10 boards. Then Prince Ibeh ruled the paint in the second half, adding 4 blocks to Ridley's 3. Ridbeh threw a spike party today and invited the Jayhawks to partake.

And Demarcus Holland, what a game. 4 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals. And suffocating D.

Truly a team effort all around. Javan Felix, Connor Lammert, Kendal Yancy, Martez Walker, and Damarcus Croaker all deserve kudos.

And perhaps the two most important statistics:

Andrew Wiggins, uber-freshman: 7 points on 2-12 shooting. Again, a lot of credit to Demarcus Holland and his suffocating defense.

Kansas shot just 38.5% overall (25-65). D'ed up.

Just an outstanding game by Texas. Celebrate away.

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