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.
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.