ABOUT TEXAS (9-3, 0-0): Bamba, regarded as one of the top incoming freshmen in the country this season, has been somewhat of an enigma to this point.
That leaves the starting lineup for Kansas (Devonte Graham, Udoka Azubuike, Svi Mykhailuk, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick) responsible for almost 90% of this team's production. Bamba, however, cooled down in the second half with only six points.
Guard Jaylen Adams had 23 points in the victory over Syracuse, and he is capable of taking over any game.
Lagerald Vick scored 21, making a career-best five 3s.
But he logged only nine minutes against Kansas, chipping in five points on 1-3 shooting.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Played with a sore back and although he didn't block any shots, did a nice job on the boards at both ends and finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Last season Texas was swept by Kansas in the regular season series, losing both by 10+ points. The Jayhawks won a conference opener for the 27th straight season. Steals: 4 (Garrett 2, Lightfoot, Mykhailiuk).
Self said Bamba "could have blocked the sun".
"I thought that everybody looked to score and third I thought we defended them pretty good, they had to work hard for shots and a lot of times, the shot clock was going down". We needed to, though. Told that, Bamba said, "I'm glad he felt that way, that my presence was definitely felt out there".
Kansas could not pull away despite making seven 3-point baskets in the first 9 minutes of the second half and leading by 13. Half of Davis' 12 points came at the free-throw line.
"We can sit here and say it's like every other game, but it's not", Texas" star freshman said.
Graham made four-3-pointers in the first half, including one with a minute remaining to give Kansas a 37-34 lead. Forward Nuni Omot has given Baylor's offense a boost by averaging 11.2 points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
The four the senior knocked down before intermission not only looked smooth coming off his right hand, but they also came at pivotal junctures. "It was nearly like playing the (Golden State) Warriors". Kansas is still awaiting resolution in the case of freshman forward Billy Preston, a five-star recruit who has yet to appear in a game while the school and the NCAA investigate the financial situation with a auto he drove during the fall semester. The over/under total for the game has been set at 135 points.
"He didn't quite have his wind the way he did before he got hurt", Smart said. Seventeen 3-pointers? That sounds impressive even by Kansas' lofty standards. But Smart does know Texas is capable of beating a team like the Jayhawks on any given night.
The Red Raiders have put together the stingiest defensive team in the Big 12 as opponents are averaging a league-low 58.7 points and shooting 35.9 percent from the field.
So the No. 11 Jayhawks used one of their greatest strengths, their 3-point shooting, to avoid the unsafe Bamba and win, 92-86, in Austin, Texas.
With Bamba scoring 12 of his 16 first-half points at the rim, the Longhorns outscored Kansas 22-14 inside in the first half. I'm not allowed to comment on that stuff.
"They've been running about half zone, half man", said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard.
"This year, you go into conference, and there are no bad losses and only opportunities for good wins", Drew said. The Longhorns have covered in two of their last three games.
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