Kansas State at Texas
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
TV/RADIO: Longhorn Network; KCSP (610 AM)
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The Lowdown: This is an important game for both teams. Texas (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) and K-State (16-7, 5-5) are tied for fifth in the conference standings and each are on the NCAA Tournament bubble. A victory could go a long way toward finishing the season on a strong note. The Longhorns are coming off a 79-74 victory over Oklahoma. The Wildcats are trying to bounce back from consecutive losses to Kansas and West Virginia.
K-State player to watch: Barry Brown. The junior guard is coming off one of his worst games in a K-State uniform — a one-point clunker at West Virginia. Brown has made 6 of 28 shots in his past three games. He has been in a slump since scoring 34 at Baylor two weeks ago. He will be out for redemption against the Longhorns.
Texas player to watch: Mohamed Bamba is among the best big men in the Big 12, if not the country. He is averaging 13 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks. The Wildcats will need to be aware of his presence, as he is an elite rim protector.
Kellis Robinett’s Prediction
Texas 70, Kansas State 66. The Wildcats haven’t eclipsed 56 points in their past three games and the Longhorns have won five straight at home. K-State can win if it snaps out of its scoring slump, but it’s hard to expect that against a good defensive team like Texas.
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett