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Horns, Jayhawks Head for Saturday Showdown with Momentum

Cam Ridley gets a dunk against West Virginia (Photo: Don Bender).

Cam Ridley gets a dunk against West Virginia (Photo: Don Bender).

The preseason favorites to compete for the Big 12 men’s basketball title will meet for the first time Saturday, and to no one’s surprise, both Kansas and Texas are in the thick of the conference title race.

Kansas will enter the game as the higher ranked team. The Jayhawks rank 14th in the USA Today coaches’ poll and 11th in the Associated Press poll. Texas ranks 18th and 17th, respectively. Kansas, 15-3 overall, sits atop the conference standings after five games, tied with Iowa State at 4-1. Texas sits a game back at 3-2, 14-4 overall.

Both teams will take the Erwin Center floor Saturday afternoon having reclaimed some momentum after enduring some rough stretches of play. Like Texas, Kansas suffered a non-conference defeat against top-ranked Kentucky in which it