Texas at No. 14 Kansas
• WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADIO: ESPN; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT TEXAS (11-13, 3-8 Big 12): Texas is riding a wave of momentum after an 89-86 double-overtime home victory over Iowa State on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, who served a 23-game NCAA suspension for receiving improper benefits, made his season debut and scored 13 points against the Cyclones. … Kabongo’s presence wasn’t the only lineup change for Texas, which lost 64-59 to KU on Jan. 19. Leading scorer Sheldon McClellan and starting wing Julien Lewis went to the bench, and freshman Damarcus Holland made just his fourth career start. … Texas only had Big 12 wins against Texas Tech and TCU before Wednesday’s victory. … The Longhorns are tied for first in the Big 12 with KU in field-goal percentage defense, but they rank eighth in the league in field-goal percentage offense.
• ABOUT KANSAS (20-4, 8-3 Big 12): With Kansas tied for first in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State and Kansas State, every remaining game will be crucial. And the offense is a key. During Monday’s victory against K-State, the Jayhawks scored 80 points in a victory for the first time since an overtime win against Iowa State on Jan. 9. … Kansas coach Bill Self says he considers Texas a rival, and the two schools have played some classics over the years. The Jayhawks, though, have mostly had the upper hand. KU leads the all-time series 21-7 and has won seven of the last eight meetings. … KU center Jeff Withey needs two blocks to surpass former Texas center Chris Mihm’s Big 12 record of 264 blocked shots. … Self is just four victories shy of 500 for his career.
• BOTTOM LINE: The stage sets up pretty well for Kansas. It will play host to ESPN’s “College Game Day,” broadcast, retire Mario Chalmers’ jersey and entertain top recruit Julius Randle. The Jayhawks are usually pretty good at seizing the moment at Allen Fieldhouse.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org