After placing the Big 12 Conference title trophy at midcourt, Kansas senior Jamari Traylor pauses to polish it as a packed Allen Fieldhouse enjoyed the Jayhawks' 12 consecutive Big 12 title with a 67-58 win against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lawrence, Kan. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 25 Texas vs. No. 2 Kansas

Posted February 28th, 2016


Time: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn


Series history: Kansas leads the all-time series 26-8. The Longhorns have beaten the Jayhawks only twice this decade (2011 and 2014, both in Austin). Coach Bill Self’s club captured a 76-67 in Lawrence on Jan. 23 even though Texas led for almost 25 minutes during that game. Senior Perry Ellis fueled an 18-4 second-half run to put the game away.

No. 25 TEXAS (19-10 overall, 10-6 Big 12)
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318515.55.0*
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120511.12.2*
2GDemarcus HollandSr.6-31902.61.5
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.75.3
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112654.14.9
Coach: Shaka Smart (19-10, 1st year at Texas; 182-66, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: With two games remaining in the regular season, Texas is currently tied for third place in the Big 12 standings along with Oklahoma and Baylor. All have matching 10-6 league records. … F Connor Lammert had a terrific shooting day against the Jayhawks in January, making a career-high 5 of 7 shots from 3-point range. He was 4 for 7 from downtown on Saturday against Oklahoma. … The Horns can’t get stagnant. The offense produced just seven assists on 25 made field goals against the Sooners. G Isaiah Taylor had five of those. … G Eric Davis has quietly finished in double figures four straight games. He’s also done it seven times in 16 Big 12 games. Davis shoots 37.5 percent from 3-point range.

No. 2 KANSAS (25-4 overall, 13-3 Big 12)
0GFrank Mason IIIJr.5-1118513.64.5*
4GDevonte GrahamSoph.6-217510.93.7*
1GWayne SeldenJr.6-523013.43.4*
34FPerry EllisSr.6-822516.16.1
33FLanden LucasJr.6-102405.26.2
Coach: Bill Self (377-82, 13th year at Kansas; 584-187, 23rd year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Jayhawks: Senior Perry Ellis was 11 years old when Kansas won the first of its 12 straight Big 12 titles. On Saturday after a win over Texas Tech clinched No. 12, KU fans were chanting senior Perry Ellis’ name. “It was awesome,” Ellis said. “The fans have supported me since I got here. They just make me want to finish the season out even stronger.” … Kansas’ 81.6 scoring average equals the highest ever in the Bill Self era. The Jayhawks have shot better than 50 percent from the floor in seven of their last eight games. … Ellis, G Frank Mason and G Wayne Selden have all scored at least 1,000 points during their Kansas careers. It’s the sixth time in KU history three or more 1,000-point scorers were on the same roster.

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