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Texas Longhorns Hoops @ Kansas Jayhawks: Preview & Open Thread

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Horns. Hawks. II.

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The Texas Longhorns (11-13, 3-8) travel to Lawrence, KS, looking to capitalize on the return of point guard Myck Kabongo and a huge home win against Iowa St. The Kansas Jayhawks (20-4, 8-3) uncharacteristically lost 3 games in a row before notching a win against rival Kansas St. on Big Monday.

On paper, this should be a Kansas blowout, but Ol' Mo could have a say-so. Texas will be buoyed by having Kabongo starting at point, while Kansas also gets a full-strength Ben McLemore (he was a little less than 100% with a tweaked ankle last time out). It's a play your best, no excuses, type of game.

There's not much else to say. Kansas is really good, but clearly susceptible to the blowout of the century of the week. Texas desperately needs a signature win (along with any win, really) to keep the season alive.

It could happen.

LINEUP

PROJECTED STARTERS

Texas: G - Myck Kabongo (#1 - So.) | G - DeMarcus Holland (#2 - Fr.) | F - Jonathan Holmes (#10 - So.) | F - Ioannis Papapetrou (#33 - Fr.) | C - Cameron Ridley (#55 - Fr.)

Kansas: G - Elijah Johnson (#15 - Sr.) | G - Ben McLemore (#23 - Fr.) | G - Travis Releford (#24 - Sr.) | F - Kevin Young (#40 - Sr.) | C - Jeff Withey (#5 - Sr.)

BENCH

Texas: G - Javan Felix (#3 - Fr.) | G - Julien Lewis (#14 - So.) | G - Sheldon McClellan (#1 - So.) | F - Jaylen Bond (#5 - So.) | F - Connor Lammert (#21 - Fr.) | C - Prince Ibeh (#44 - Fr.)

Kansas: G - Naadir Tharpe (#1 - So.) | F - Andrew White III (#3 - Fr.) | F - Perry Ellis (#34 - Fr.) | F - Jamari Traylor (#31 - Fr.)

INJURIES/ISSUES

Texas: N/A

Kansas: C - Landen Lucas (#33 - Fr. - Redshirt Season)

TEXASSPORTS.COM MEDIA/NOTES

TEXAS (10-13, 2-8)
at No. 14/13 Kansas (20-4, 8-3)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 • 8 p.m. CT
Lawrence, Kan. • Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)


TV: ESPN
WatchESPN.com
Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst), Holly Rowe (reporter)
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network
Craig Way (play-by-play), Eddie Oran (analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 202 / Sirius 216
Streaming Audio: TexasSports.com
Live Stats: GameTracker