4 takeaways from KU basketball's big win over Texas: How Jayhawks bounced back

Shreyas Laddha, The Kansas City Star on

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Kansas guard Kevin McCullar couldn’t help but emphatically pump his fist.

McCullar had just performed a spin move into the paint, taken the contact by the Texas defender and made the layup. In the process, he earned an and-one and converted the free throw to put KU up four points early in the second half.

It was that kind of night for KU.

The night’s hero wasn’t star Jalen Wilson or even freshman phenom Gradey Dick.

Instead, it took every ounce of effort from the undermanned No. 9 Kansas men’s basketball team to walk away with an 88-80 victory against the No. 5-ranked Longhorns on Monday.

Dick scored 21 points and Dajuan Harris added 17 for the Jayhawks, who bounced back from a blowout loss to Iowa State on Saturday to take down the Big 12-leading Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse.


KU (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) ended UT’s four-game conference winning streak in the process.

Marcus Carr scored 29 points on 10-for-21 shooting for the Longhorns (19-5, 8-3 Big 12), who dropped their first conference game since a 78-67 loss to ISU on Jan. 17.

The Jayhawks will face off against Oklahoma on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. KU sits in sole possession of third place in the conference as of Monday night.

Here are four takeaways from Monday’s game...


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