Texas Tech at No. 2 Kansas
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 11 a.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
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▪ TV/RADIO: ESPN; KCSP (610 AM)
▪ ABOUT KANSAS (24-4, 12-3 Big 12): The second-ranked Jayhawks are going for their ninth straight victory, and with a win, they can earn at least a share of their 12th straight Big 12 title. KU’s resurgence has been sparked by efficient offense, as the Jayhawks have scored at least 1.1 points per possession in each of their last six games after failing to hit 1.02 PPP in their three Big 12 road losses. Defensively, KU has thrived inside even without a dominant shot-blocker, holding Big 12 opponents to a league-best 42 percent inside the arc. History is on the Jayhawks’ side, as they’ve won 38 straight at Allen Fieldhouse and are 15-0 all-time against the Red Raiders in the building.
▪ ABOUT TEXAS TECH (18-9, 8-7 Big 12): Following Texas Tech’s current five-game winning streak, coach Tubby Smith has gained some momentum for Big 12 coach of the year. If nothing else, the Red Raiders have put themselves in strong position for an NCAA Tournament berth, and if it happens, it’ll be the first time Texas Tech has earned a spot since the 2006-07 season. In the first matchup against KU on Jan. 9, the Red Raiders pulled within four late before a Wayne Selden three-pointer helped the Jayhawks take control in a 69-59 victory.