Jayhawks Rout Longhorns

Kansas blitzed Texas 85-54 behind a hot start from Andrew Wiggins Saturday, giving the Jayhawks a likely unassailable lead in the Big 12 title race.

Texas's road woes against top Big 12 teams continued Saturday, as the Longhorns were buried by a hot Kansas team playing to add another game to its conference lead.

Texas actually led early 8-3, only to have Kansas finish the first half on an incredible 43-10 run, led by Andrew Wiggins, who dropped 15 points in the game's first 12 minutes (as a team, Texas had 10 points over that same stretch). That enabled the Jayhawks to take a 28-point halftime lead — the halftime Points Per Possession were a nasty 1.44 to 0.563 — and Kansas coasted from there.

Wiggins finished with 21 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Joel Embiid had 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the Jayhawks in 21 minutes. Wayne Selden had a nice all-round performance with eight points, six boards and seven assists, while Frank Mason chipped in with 14 off the bench.

In a game that played out largely opposite to the one in Austin, the Jayhawks were tougher, blocking nine shots and out-racing the Longhorns to loose ball after loose ball. And this time it was Isaiah Taylor who struggled to finish over length, with the freshman point guard making just 1-of-14 from the field. Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland combined to shoot 3-for-14.

Jonathan Holmes led the Longhorns with 17 points and six rebounds and Cameron Ridley scored 11 and grabbed six rebounds with four blocks, though both missed decent-sized chunks of the first half with foul trouble.

Kansas shot almost 63 percent as a team in the first half, and scored 26 fast break points on the game to none for Texas.

The Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2 Big 12) might well have sewn up their 10th consecutive Big 12 title, as the win left them three games clear of second place with just four league contests to go. Texas (20-7, 9-5) is now in a three-way tie with Iowa State and Oklahoma for second, with Kansas State (18-9, 8-6) coming up fast in fifth.

After running off a seven-game winning streak in conference play, Texas has now lost three of its last five and two in a row, though those losses have all come on the road. Texas returns home to play Baylor on Wednesday. The Longhorns beat the Bears comfortably, 74-60, in Waco earlier this year.

Tip for that game is set for 8 p.m.

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