Kansas State's Stephen Hurt, right, reacts as time runs out in a 72-63 loss against Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Kansas won, 72-63. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: No. 24 Texas at Kansas State

Posted February 21st, 2016

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Time: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528)

TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn

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Series history: The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 14-17. However, Texas has made up considerable ground in recent years, winning four of the last five games, including a 60-57 matchup in Austin on Jan. 5. K-State had two looks at a potential game-tying 3-pointer late but Isaiah Taylor’s 17 points was enough to help UT secure the win.

No. 24 TEXAS (17-10 overall, 8-6 Big 12)
No.Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
1GIsaiah TaylorJr.6-318515.35.0*
3GJavan FelixSr.5-1120510.92.3*
5GKendal YancyJr.6-32103.32.1
21FConnor LammertSr.6-102356.65.3
44CPrince IbehSr.6-112654.15.0
Coach: Shaka Smart (17-10, 1st year at Texas; 180-66, 7th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart admitted he was angry after Saturday’s dreadful 78-64 loss to No. 25 Baylor at home. “Playing like we were, there’s no excuse for what happened tonight,” G Isaiah Taylor said. One alarming trend has been UT’s slow starts. The last two games have produced seven turnovers before the first media timeout, putting the Horns in a scoreboard hole before fans are in their seats. … Texas allowed 50 points in the paint on Saturday. “We gotta own that,” Connor Lammert said. … This is the final tuneup before UT faces No. 3 Oklahoma (Saturday) and No. 2 Kansas (Feb. 29) at home before closing out the regular season at Oklahoma State (March 4).

KANSAS STATE (15-12 overall, 4-10 Big 12)
No. Pos.PlayerClassHt.Wt.PPGRPG
5GBarry BrownFr.6-31959.22.8*
14GJustin EdwardsSr.6-420012.05.7
25G/FWesley IwunduJr.6-721012.04.6
32FDean WadeFr.6-102259.65.1
4FD.J. JohnsonJr.6-92508.15.0
Coach: Bruce Weber (77-50, 4th year at K-State; 390-205, 18th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Wildcats: Kansas State held tough in the Sunflower Showdown against intrastate rival Kansas before ultimately losing 72-63. The Jayhawks closed the game on a 7-1 run. “They have so many different weapons,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “To me, if they win the league, (Perry) Ellis should be player of the year.” … The Wildcats are currently eighth in the Big 12 standings. “Obviously, it sucks. I feel like when we spot teams a lot of points like that it is hard to come back,” G Justin Edwards said. … It’s not hard to see why K-State is struggling this season. The Wildcats don’t allow many teams to score (67.0) but they aren’t scoring themselves (70.9). They’re the second-worst shooting team in the league.

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