Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) shoots under pressure from Texas forward Jaxson Hayes (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Big 12 tournament: No. 6 seed Texas vs. No. 3 seed Kansas

Posted March 13th, 2019


No. 6 seed Texas vs. No. 3 seed Kansas

When: Approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sprint Center (capacity 18,972)


TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Kansas leads the all-time series 32-9, which includes a 4-1 mark over Texas at the Big 12 tournament. The two teams first met in 1938. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 24-7 in the series.

Kansas 80, Texas 78 (Jan. 14, 2019): Kansas exploded out of the gates in the first and second halves and had a 10-point lead with 11:51 remaining. But the Horns battled back, and Jase Febres got hot down the stretch as Texas stormed back. On the game’s final play, UT’s Kerwin Roach rushed up the floor and crowded the spacing, and Febres missed an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.

Texas 73, Kansas 63 (Jan. 29, 2019): In the rematch, Texas played solid defense throughout but lost track of Ochai Agbaji, who had 24 points in his first breakout performance. Four Horns finished in double figures, led by Dylan Osetkowski’s 16 points. Texas was steady down the stretch and led by 11 points with about six minutes left.

TEXAS (16-15, 8-10 Big 12)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-210.23.7*
3GCourtney RameyFr.6-38.03.0*
13GJase FebresSoph.6-58.72.8
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-910.27.4
10FJaxson HayesFr.6-1110.35.1
Coach: Shaka Smart (66-65, 4th year at Texas; 229-121, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Freshman Courtney Ramey, who was raised in St. Louis, had an ear-to-ear smile when talking about his excitement for the Big 12 tournament. “It’s good to be back in my home state,” Ramey said after Wednesday’s shoot-around. “Always excited about that. Just ready to play.” Ramey is averaging 8.0 points in his first season and went 10-for-21 from 3-point range in the last five games. Guard Jase Febres needs a bounce-back game. He’s 0-for-10 from long range in the last two outings. It’s unclear how guard Kerwin Roach II would perform coming off the bench as a reserve. He’s started 85 of 122 career games and started all season before getting suspended. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent from 3-point range before his suspension.

No. 17 KANSAS (23-8, 12-6 Big 12)
11GDevon DotsonFr.6-211.73.5*
5GQuentin GrimesFr.6-57.81.9*
1FDedric LawsonJr.6-919.110.6
30GOchai AgbajiFr.6-59.24.9
33FDavid McCormackFr.6-103.32.6
Coach: Bill Self (470-104, 16th year at Kansas; 677-209, 26th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Jayhawks: Coach Bill Self’s team is the No. 3 seed in this event for just the third time. The other two times came in 1999 and 2004. The Jayhawks are used to being the No. 1 seed and playing the lunchtime game. Kansas had its streak of 14 straight Big 12 regular-season championships broken this season by Kansas State and Texas Tech. Dedric Lawson was a unanimous pick for first-team All-Big 12 this season and selected the league’s newcomer of the year. He’s scored at least 20 points in two of the last three games. In three seasons, Lawson has 1,727 career points. Freshman Quentin Grimes ranks second on the team with 45 made 3-pointers. Kansas holds an all-time record of 39-9 in the Sprint Center.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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