Missouri Tigers men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson says that Texas is battle tested and after taking some lumps early in the season are beginning to hit their stride. This could come at a tough time for the Tigers who are trying to over the hump in Big 12 play.
Texas recorded its first win in Lawrence (1-9 all-time) and its first victory at Allen Fieldhouse (1-7 all-time) in program history. The victory ended KU’s 69-game home win streak (Kansas school record and nation’s longest active home court winning streak) that dated back to Feb. 3, 2007.
UT faced a 27-12 deficit with 7:41 left in the first half and a 37-26 deficit with 16:35 remaining in the game. The Horns outscored Kansas by a 48-26 margin over the final 16:30.
The Longhorns held the Jayhawks to 63 points on 35.9% FG shooting. Kansas entered the game averaging 83.2 ppg on 52.4% FG shooting on the year.
Solid defense continues to be a Texas trademark under coach Rick Barnes. UT has held its first 19 opponents to an average of 61.4 ppg on 37.0% FG shooting, including an 85-of-294 (.289) mark from three-point range. Texas has limited 12 of its first 19 foes this year to below 40% FG shooting (11-1 mark in those games) and four below 30% FG shooting. UT has held its first four Big 12 Conference opponents to an average of 55.2 ppg on a combined 38.8% FG shooting, including a 13-of-59 (.220) mark from three-point range.
Players to watch: Jordan Hamilton is off to an excellent start in league play. In his first four Big 12 games, Hamilton has averaged a team-best 19.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. He has converted 53.1% (26-of-49) from the floor, including an 8-of-20 (.400) mark from three-point range, and hit 17-of-20 (.850) free throws.
Tristan Thompson has played beyond his years on both ends of the court. Through his first 19 collegiate contests, Thompson leads the team in rebounding (7.6 rpg), blocks (42) and steals (22) and ranks second in both scoring (13.1 ppg) and double-doubles (three). He has converted 89-of-167 (.533) field goals on the year. Thompson leads the team in blocked shots (42) through the first 19 games this year.