Texas Finishes .500 in Big 12

The Kansas Jayhawks did what they've done so well under Coach Bill Self, protecting their home court in a 73-63 win over Texas on the Jayhawks' Senior Night.

Self's teams have won eight Big 12 titles, but have lost just four games at Allen Fieldhouse in his tenure, and this year's senior class graduated with just one such blemish on their resume: last year's loss to Texas.

But that was last year. Still, this year the Longhorns figured to have a chance because, well, Texas-Kansas games are typically close. In Austin, Texas hung around all game with Kansas largely because Clint Chapman and Alexis Wangmene allowed the Longhorns to defend Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey in a way that most teams can't.

But early in the second half, Texas lost that advantage. Just after J'Covan Brown hit a three-pointer to cut the Kansas lead to 26-24, Kansas brought the ball down court and worked the ball to Robinson. Just before the likely All-American threw down an easy dunk, Wangmene crumpled to the floor in pain, holding his left wrist. According to the Associated Press afterward, Wangmene told the coaches he thought it was broken.

Wangmene never returned, and Texas — which held Robinson to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first half — didn't stand a chance against him in the second. Robinson shot 7-of-9 in scoring 18 points in the second half, and finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor kicked in 22 points, four assists and three steals in his last home game in a Jayhawk uniform. Jeff Withey added nine points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Withey's production was largely matched by Chapman, who scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chapman's tip-in just before halftime cut the Kansas lead to 26-21 at the break.

After the break, J'Covan Brown went to work, scoring 29 of his 33 points in the second half. But the rest of the Longhorns failed to provide much cover, scoring just 13 points of their own in the final half of play. The Longhorns struggled through a poor shooting day, hitting just 37.5 percent of their shots, including 38.7 percent in the second half when Kansas hit 62.5 percent of its attempts. The Longhorns were able to keep it from getting totally out of hand by scoring 11 points more off turnovers and shooting almost 86 percent from the free-throw line. But Texas hit just 3-of-17 from behind the arc, not the recipe for pulling out a win against the tough-inside Jayhawks.

Kansas led by double-digits for most of the second half, and after Elijah Johnson canned a three-pointer with 11:13 left to give the Jayhawks a 48-36 advantage, Texas never came within single digits again.

Kansas, which wrapped up sole possession of its eighth-straight Big 12 title on Monday, moved to 26-5 and 16-2 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks will be the top seed in this week's Big 12 Tournament.

Texas finished the regular season at 19-12, with a 9-9 record in conference play. With the sixth seed in the Big 12 Tournament, Texas will take on No. 3 seed Iowa State, a team the Longhorns split with this season. Texas will have to win that one, and potentially another game, to push its way into the NCAA Tournament.

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