Jan. 20, 2013
Recap: Kansas 64, Texas 59 (Jan. 19, 2013)
Dalton Pool, Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas--Texas Men's Basketball came into Saturday afternoon's matchup against the fourth-ranked Kansas as the second-ranked team in the nation in field goal percentage defense, second only to the Jayhawks. And the Texas defense did not disappoint.
In the first half, UT held Kansas to a season-low 26 points on 28 percent shooting, including a 1-of-7 effort from behind the three-point line. For the game, Kansas hit just 39 percent from the field, which was only the third time all season an opponent held Kansas to under 40 percent shooting. From behind the arc, Texas was just as effective, as Kansas shot only 27 percent from three-point range.
But Kansas surged back in the second half to take a 64-59 victory by taking advantage of second-chance points and free throws. Kansas outrebounded UT 36-29 and had 12 second-chance points compared to Texas' five. In addition, Texas went just 2-of-8 from the free throw line, while the Jayhawks converted 21-of-25 from the stripe.
UT still had the lead with 2:20 left in the game and a solid chance to pull off the upset. However, the Longhorns committed a couple late turnovers, and Julien Lewis missed a 3-pointer from the right corner with 13 seconds left that could have forced overtime.
"We do a lot of things well, but we don't win because we don't consistently do it when the game is on the line," said Texas head coach Rick Barnes.
"Texas played great," Kansas head coach Bill Self said after the game. "They guarded us. They outhustled us. They did all the things they needed to do to win, but we just had some guys step up late. Texas is the youngest team in the country. They are going to be really, really good. They took some steps forward today."