One of the most important games of the season to date has arrived for No. 14 ranked Texas basketball and head coach Shaka Smart on the night of Feb. 23. Texas is set to take on legendary head coach Bill Self and the red hot No. 17 ranked Kansas Jayhawks. This team will be looking to right the ship after a really tough loss over the weekend.
After a tough start to the Big 12 slate for Self and the Jayhawks, they’ve really picked up their play of late. Since their loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers on the road back on Feb. 6, Kansas has won five straight games. Two of their last five wins also came over ranked teams, including the No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys and No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders.
However, Smart and the Longhorns will be looking to sweep the regular season series against the Jayhawks if they can claim a win on this night. Texas got the best of Kansas in the first meeting between these two teams this season. Back on Jan. 2, Texas shocked the college hoops world at the time by demolishing then No. 3 ranked Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse by a convincing final score of 84-59.
This time around, Texas is a 2.5-point favorite over the Jayhawks just hours ahead of tip off. And the ESPN matchup predictor gives the Longhorns a 58.8 percent chance to win this game at home at the Erwin Center. But considering Texas and Kansas are currently trending in opposite directions, this will not be an easy one for the men in burnt orange.
Here’s a look into three reasons why the Longhorns could dominate No. 17 ranked Kansas again when these teams meet on the Forty Acres on Feb. 23.