LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 6 Kansas wasted no time in securing the outright Big 12 title on Monday, beating Texas 80-70.
The Jayhawks’ record improved to 24-6 overall and 13-4 in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns dropped to 17-13 and 7-10 respectively.
3 Who Mattered
Devonte’ Graham: Playing in his final game in Allen Fieldhouse, Graham earned himself a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists. He played nearly the entire game yet again, only being taken out in the final minute so The Phog could cheer the senior off the court.
Kerwin Roach II: He led Texas in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting while playing 38 minutes in the game.
Udoka Azubuike: The nation’s leader in field goal percentage dominated without Mo Bamba available for the Longhorns. The big man scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field. Azubuike did show some struggles at the free throw line, however, going 0-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Kansas is playing its best basketball: The last three games for the Jayhawks, all wins, have been the Kansas brand at its most premium. It started with a blowout of Oklahoma, followed by a title-clinching road win over Texas Tech than a soul-crushing Senior Night victory over the Longhorns.
Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas were all highly motivated to beat the Jayhawks for various reasons — whether it was improving their standing on the NCAA Tournament bubble or leaving the door open for a conference title. Yet, Kansas has played the role of assassin.
Texas’ NCAA Tournament hopes are on life support: Bracket Matrix listed Texas as one of its final No. 11 seeds heading into Monday night’s game. But without Mo Bamba or Eric Davis Jr., the Longhorns don’t have the depth for a late-season run. It showed against Kansas as Texas tallied just 14 points off the bench, all from Jacob Young.
This dunk from Azubuike in the first half followed by a Texas turnover set the tone for the night.
Early dagger? Malik Newman with the transition layup to give Kansas a 12-point lead over Texas. pic.twitter.com/42VQwIoAx3
— Sean Frye (@SeanEFrye) February 27, 2018
The Number: 35
Since 1983-84, Kansas has won every single home finale of the season. That’s 35 straight wins to end a year in Lawrence, with 34 senior classes leaving Allen Fieldhouse on a winning note.
The 2007 team didn’t have a senior on roster.
What’s Next for Kansas Basketball
Kansas travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday for a matchup with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
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