Kansas Jayhawks 85, Texas Longhorns 54: Post-Mortem

Ed Zurga

Nothing to see here.

This about sums it up.

The Texas Longhorns couldn't get anything going yesterday. As pleasant a surprise as this season has been, a 30+ point loss to the Kansas Jayhawks serves as a barometer for this team's ceiling. Was it Grant Wahl's dictation that noted that championship teams don't lose games by 30 points? (RE: Texas. Duke. MSG. The horror.)

Kansas got positive production from everyone not named Naadir Tharpe, with five-star phenom Andrew Wiggins leading the way. Wiggins had 22 and 6, while from Texas' end, Jonathan Holmes ended the night with 17 and 6. Cameron Ridley also scored in double-figures, chipping in 11 points along with 6 rebounds. And, that's about it for Burnt Orange positives.

The summary is that Kansas flat-out shot the ball better, hitting 51.7% of its shots to Texas' 34.4%. The Jayhawks ran out to an early lead and never relinquished its choke-hold. Throw in an extra 4 points from distance and 8 from the charity stripe, and that makes a 20 point blowout a 30 point one.

With the regular season Big 12 Championship now virtually unattainable, Texas can recalibrate its expectations. The Longhorns have four games left, with tough away games at Oklahoma and Texas Tech looming. First, Texas takes on Baylor at home this Wednesday.

The Longhorns sit in a three-way tie for the crucial second-place seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The second-best team takes on the 8/9 7/10 winner instead of playing in the 3/6 or 4/5 matchups. To get the silver spot, Texas should be gunning to win 3 of its last 4. The date in Norman is particularly important, since OU also has 5 conference losses and would hold the tiebreaker with a sweep of Texas.

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