Two teams coming off losses to SEC opponents will battle it out tonight in Austin, as No. 11 Kansas will face Texas on the road.
Kansas fell short against Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. The Jayhawks were downright dominated inside the paint, allowing Reid Travis and PJ Washington of the Wildcats to combine for 38 points and 25 rebounds.
Texas was also on the losing side of the Big 12/SEC Challenge that took place over the weekend, falling short to Georgia in the second half. The Longhorns fell to 11-9 in what has been a very disappointing season.
If the Longhorns have any chance of pulling off the huge upset, then limiting Dedric Lawson should be their priority. The versatile forward has posted back-to-back 20-point, 15-rebound games for the Jayhawks.
Another key factor will be if Texas can manufacture pressure against Kansas, especially after forcing 26 turnovers in its previous meeting with Georgia.
The Longhorns are in desperate need of picking up a season-changing victory, and defeating the Jayhawks would definitely give the program some hope heading into February.
However, that challenge will be tough considering that Kansas owns a 88-11 record following a loss under Bill Self.
Kansas is currently tied with Kansas State and Baylor for the best record in conference play.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from the Frank Erwin Center.
Jon Sciambi and Jay Bilas will call the action on ESPN.