Texas men’s basketball plays its first 2016 home Big 12 game against Kansas State at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Frank Erwin Center. It’s the 31st time the two programs have played since starting the series in 1971, and Texas trails all-time 13-17.
Here are five memorable Big 12 Kansas State-Texas men’s basketball games from the past:
Jan. 31, 2009
Kansas State and second-year coach Frank Martin rolled into Austin and knocked off Texas in overtime 85-81. They were helped by Denis Clemente’s 44 points, which is the most points one player has ever scored in the Frank Erwin Center.
Feb. 3, 2007
Another big win for Kansas State and first-year (and his only year in Manhattan, Kan.) coach Bob Huggins with a 73-72 win over Texas in Austin. Despite 32 points and five blocks from one of basketball’s future best players, Kevin Durant, Texas couldn’t hang on to a 38-33 halftime lead. The Longhorns also couldn’t stop Cartier Martin: The Crockett, Texas, native scored 27 points off the bench.
At the time, it was the first Kansas State win in Austin in 24 years.
Jan. 12, 1997
The first time these two programs played each other in a Big 12 game, Texas and coach Tom Penders beat Kansas State by 41 points, 104-63.
Feb. 22, 2006
Kansas State tried to pull an upset at home against the No. 7-ranked LaMarcus Aldridge. Texas led 42-36 at halftime, but Kansas State held the Longhorns to 23 points in the second half and nearly won before falling 65-64.
Aldridge scored 16 points, and P.J. Tucker added 14. Lance Harris scored 18 off the bench for the Wildcats.
March 7, 2015
In the last Big 12 regular season game for Rick Barnes – also the last game Barnes would coach at the Frank Erwin Center – Texas bested the Wildcats 62-49. Demarcus Holland scored a team-high 12 points in the win as Texas used a 16-5 run to take a commanding lead over the Wildcats.
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