No. 13 Kansas State at Texas
• WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
• TV: Longhorn Network; WHB (810 AM)
• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (21-5, 10-3 Big 12): The Wildcats have won back-to-back games by wide margins despite leading scorer Rodney McGruder staying quiet on offense. He has deferred to his teammates and K-State has won with balance. That may have to change on the road against a talented backcourt. … Angel Rodriguez ended a lengthy streak of games in which he avoided mistakes by losing six turnovers against West Virginia. He said they were silly and he thinks he has already learned from them. … Jordan Henriquez spent part of the week in New York with his family following the death of his grandmother, but a team spokesman said he re-joined the team on Friday and will be available for the game on Saturday.
• ABOUT TEXAS (12-14, 4-9 Big 12): The Longhorns are better at home than they are on the road. Texas owns victories over North Carolina and Iowa State at home, and also led Kansas for most of the second half at home. … Texas is a much different team with Myck Kabongo back at point guard, but it is still a flawed team. The Longhorns have been inconsistent all season and make 40 percent of their shots. … Sheldon McClellan leads the team in scoring, but coach Rick Barnes has criticized him for poor play in big games. … Ioannis Papapetrou is one of the best young forwards in the Big 12 and has played well recently. … Texas freshman center Cameron Ridley will not play because of an illness, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
• BOTTOM LINE: With or without Myck Kabongo, this is a game any team fighting for a conference championship should win.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org