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No. 3 Kansas puts in ‘workmanlike’ performance to brush off Texas men’s basketball, 77-67

After head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas men's basketball team fell, 77-67, to Kansas Saturday, the Longhorns' second-year coach said his team "got away from the things we practiced on for this game in the first half, but we have to make sure our guys know that their best basketball is ahead of them" (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — The gap in men’s basketball between No. 3/3 Kansas and the University of Texas is as wide as the span from the top to the bottom of the Big 12 Conference standings, a daunting fact for a Longhorn team that was picked to finish third in the league in the preseason and started the 2016-17 campaign in the Top 25.

Kansas didn’t have a whole lot for which to play Saturday when it traveled to Austin to face reeling Texas, but the Jayhawks went ahead and took care of business anyway, garnering a 77-67 victory over the Longhorns in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center.

Josh Jackson scored 18 points to lead four Jayhawks in double-figure

 

The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .