Saturday's Top 25: No. 8 Texas tops No. 3 Kansas 84-59 to tie record margin at Phog
Lawrence, Kan. — Texas stumbled into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday well aware of its humbling track record in the storied arena.
The Longhorns sauntered out having made some much better history.
After winning once in their previous 17 tries in the Phog, the nation’s eighth-ranked team turned a narrow halftime lead into a record-tying rout. Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring, and Texas beat the No. 3 Jayhawks 84-59 to match the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of the building.
“I’m just happy for our guys. They put so much energy and time and effort into everything,” said coach Shaka Smart, whose Longhorns never trailed. “These last several months and having guys canceled and guys having things up in the air, having a couple guys unavailable, but the guys just hung in there and controlled what they could control.”
They certainly controlled the Jayhawks.
Andrew Jones added 14 points, Matt Coleman III had 13 and Jericho Sims had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns (8-1, 2-0 Big 12), whose victory margin at Allen Fieldhouse was the most since Missouri’s 91-66 win on Feb. 1, 1989.
“The message is pretty obvious: This doesn’t happen in the Fieldhouse,” said Jalen Wilson, who led the Jayhawks with 20 points. “This is very embarrassing. We’re a good team and today we didn’t show what we’re capable of.”
Ochai Agbaji also had 11 points for the Jayhawks (8-2, 1-1), who shot just 31% from the field and went 3 of 23 from beyond the arc while losing their first game since their opener against top-ranked Gonzaga.
“There were blank stares in the huddle,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We have to be a lot better mentally. A lot tougher.”
Coincidentally, it was the first top-10 matchup for Texas in a Big 12 regular-season game since beating then-No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 22, 2011. The win also snapped a three-game skid against the Jayhawks, who had won 16 of 17 against the Longhorns and had been 16-1 against them in games played inside 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas hadn’t taken the floor since Dec. 22, when it routed seventh-ranked West Virginia. The 12-day layoff was the longest in the regular season Self, who took over the program before the 2003-04 season.
The Longhorns had been off even longer. Thanks to an uptick in COVID-19 positives at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, their game Tuesday night was canceled. That left Texas without a game since beating Oklahoma State on Dec. 20.
The rust was evident for both teams in the first half.
Kansas missed its first eight shots and finished 1 of 7 from beyond the arc in the first half. Texas fared little better from the arc and coughed up 10 turnovers, though a late run fueled by Kai Jones off the bench resulted in a 37-29 halftime lead.
The Jayhawks trimmed their deficit to four early in the second half, but consecutive 3-pointers by Andrew Jones – who had been 1 for 8 from the field – along with Coleman and Ramey gave Texas its biggest lead at 50-38 with 15:42 to go.
Relying on their experience, the Longhorns refused to pull back on the pressure. They began to create turnovers on the defensive end that led to easy layups, and their outside shooting continued to sizzle. Their advantage swelled to 63-47 with 8:51 to go, forcing Self to call a timeout – only for the Jayhawks to immediately turn it over again.
Sims added a dunk, Donovan Williams a 3 and Self burned another timeout as the Texas lead stretched even more.
At that point, it looked as if the Longhorns would have a shot at the most lopsided win by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse history. Tyon Grant-Foster’s basket with just over a minute left prevented that from happening.
“The biggest thing I said when we got into the locker room after the game is, ‘We’re supposed to do this,’” Ramey said. “This shouldn’t be a shock or a surprise. When you go (and) be us, you come out with a dominant performance. Now we have to keep it rolling.”
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►(At) No. 1 Gonzaga 85, San Francisco 62: Corey Kispert scored 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting as top-ranked Gonzaga opened its West Coast Conference schedule by beating San Francisco.
Joel Ayayi added 18 points and Andrew Nembhard had 14 for Gonzaga (10-0, 1-0), which has won 44 consecutive home games – the longest streak in the nation. Drew Timme had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamaree Bouyea scored 18 for San Francisco (7-5, 1-1), which has lost 20 consecutive games to Gonzaga since 2012. The Dons were undone by poor shooting in the second half. Dzmitry Ryuny added 11 points.
Both teams shot well in the first half. San Francisco took a 14-13 lead, but the Zags replied with a 12-2 run to go up 25-16.
►No. 2 Baylor 76, (at) Iowa State 65: Second-ranked Baylor shook off a poor night shooting and survived its tightest game of the season.
Jared Butler scored 21 points to lead four Bears in double figures as they earned their narrowest victory this season.
The Bears (9-0, 2-0 Big 12) won seven of their previous eight games by at least 29 points, winning by an average of 32.8 points.
Iowa State owned a 55-53 lead midway through the second half before Baylor’s 13-0 run. Butler hit a 3-pointer from the right corner for a 63-55 lead with 7:31 remaining and made three key free throws in the final 3 minutes after Iowa State pulled within 66-61.
Macio Teague and Davion Mitchell each scored 13 points for Baylor. Flo Thamba added 10.
►Alabama 71, (at) No. 7 Tennessee 63: John Petty hit three critical 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, leading Alabama to a stunning victory. The Crimson Tide (7-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) turned a one-point halftime lead into a double-digit advantage midway through the second behind Petty’s trio of 3s and two more long-range makes by Joshua Primo.
Primo and Herbert Jones finished with 11 points, and Jahvon Quinerly scored 10.
Tennessee (7-1, 1-1) struggled from the field the entire game, hitting 21 of 66 shots (32%).
►(At) Oklahoma 75, No. 9 West Virginia 71: Umoja Gibson made eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 29 points, and Oklahoma recovered after blowing an 18-point halftime deficit. The Sooners (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) have won three straight and four of five against the Mountaineers (8-3, 1-2), including a season sweep in 2019-20. The Sooners also have won four of their last seven games against ranked opponents.
►No. 11 Creighton 67, (at) Providence 65: Christian Bishop had a go-ahead dunk with 0.8 seconds left and Creighton held off a late rally to beat Providence.
Marcus Zegarowski, who had the assist on Bishop’s dunk, hit six 3-pointers and had 20 points to help the Bluejays (8-2, 4-1 Big East) to their fourth straight victory.
Damien Jefferson added a season-high 18 points, his eighth consecutive game in double-figures. Marcus Ballock finished with 14 points. Zegarowski, Jefferson and Ballock combined for 52 of the Bluejays’ points.
Creighton led by 13 with about seven minutes left in the second half, but Providence (7-4, 3-2) tied it with 7 seconds left on Noah Horchler’s layup. Creighton inbounded quickly, and Zegarowski pushed the ball up the floor and found the trailing Bishop for the dunk.
►No. 12 Missouri 81, (at) Arkansas 68: Jeremiah Tilmon had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Missouri handed Arkansas its first loss of the season.
Tilmon eclipsed his season high in points during the first half and finished with a career high. He was joined in double figures by Xavier Pinson with 23 and Mark Smith with 11.
Arkansas (9-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), missing its best interior player, could not match Missouri’s physicality. The Tigers (7-1, 1-1) outrebounded Arkansas 51-36, outscored the Razorbacks 34-22 in the paint, and held them to 27% shooting from the field.
►Oklahoma State 82, (at) No. 13 Texas Tech 77, OT: Bryce Williams scored 15 points in his first start for Oklahoma State, including a steal and breakaway dunk in overtime. Issac Likeleke and Avery Anderson III both had 17 points for the Cowboys (7-2, 1-2), who needed overtime after blowing an 11-point lead in the second half. They lost their first two conference games by a combined five points.
Mac McClung led Texas Tech (8-3, 1-2) with 21 points. He hit a 3-pointer to start the overtime period, but those were his last points before he fouled out with 1:06 left.
►(At) No. 21 Oregon 73, Stanford 56: Chris Duarte scored 23 points and No. 21 Oregon defeated Stanford 73-56 on Saturday night for its eighth straight win.
Eugene Omoruyi added 15 points, and LJ Figueroa had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Williams scored 12 for the Ducks (8-1, 3-0 Pac-12).
Bryce Wills and Spencer Jones had 12 points apiece to pace the Cardinal (5-3, 1-1), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.