(15) Texas 57

(18-5, 7-3 Big 12)

Kansas St 74

(16-7, 6-4 Big 12)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    1:30 PM ET, February 8, 2014

    Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas

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    #15TEX 18 3957
    KSU 39 3574

    Top Performers

    Texas: I. Taylor 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Kansas St: M. Foster 34 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

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    Now that opponents view Texas as one of the teams to beat, the Longhorns are starting to realize how difficult the role of favorite can be in the Big 12.

    After holding on against the league's worst team, Texas faces a tougher test Saturday at Kansas State, which is looking to get back on track with its 12th straight home win.

    The No. 15 Longhorns will try to keep pace in the Big 12 with their eighth consecutive victory, though it'll take their first win at Bramlage Coliseum in almost six years.

    Perhaps experiencing a bit of a letdown following an 81-69 win over then-No. 6 Kansas last Saturday, Texas struggled against league-worst TCU on Tuesday before Jonathan Holmes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:41 remaining to key a 59-54 victory.

    "We've got to understand that we put ourselves in position to win a Big 12 championship but we also need to understand that teams are going to be looking to beat us every night," Holmes said. "We've turned into a team's big win."

    Following an 0-2 start, the Longhorns (18-4, 7-2) extended their winning streak to seven and remain one game behind the first-place Jayhawks entering the second half of league play.

    Holmes, who had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Tuesday, made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to a 67-64 home win over then-No. 22 Kansas State on Jan. 21.

    The Longhorns, 5-1 on the road, limited the Wildcats (15-7, 5-4) to 42.6 percent shooting and 4 of 16 from 3-point range in that contest. They also held the Horned Frogs to 32.7 percent Tuesday and lead the Big 12 with a 39.4 defensive field-goal percentage.

    Since allowing 175 points while losing their first two Big 12 contests, the Longhorns have given up an average of 65.1 during the win streak.

    Texas, however, will try to bounce back offensively after scoring a season low and shooting a season-worst 31.0 percent Tuesday. It could prove a difficult task against Kansas State, which has allowed a league-low 62.0 points per game.

    Making matters worse, the Longhorns may be without third-leading scorer Javan Felix (concussion) after he sat out Tuesday. Felix led the way with 23 points, while Cameron Ridley added 18 in last month's win over K-State.

    Although the Wildcats have dropped four straight on the road, they haven't lost at home since Northern Colorado pulled off a 60-58 upset in the season opener.

    Kansas State has dropped three of four overall after shooting 50.8 percent from the field but just 8 for 19 from the foul line in an 81-71 loss at West Virginia last Saturday. Marcus Foster finished with 20 points and Thomas Gipson had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who rank last in the Big 12 with a 64.4 free-throw percentage.

    "We need to execute better, I need to help our players and everybody needs to do a better job," coach Bruce Weber said.

    Gipson finished with 24 points in the first matchup with the Longhorns and scored a team-high 17 on 7-of-10 shooting in an 83-57 win in the most recent meeting in Manhattan on Jan. 30, 2013.

    The Wildcats have won three straight home meetings in this series, including a 71-62 victory over top-ranked Texas on Jan. 18, 2010. They've also won four of five there against ranked opponents dating to last season.


    School Info

    Conference Big 12 Big 12
    Nickname Longhorns Wildcats
    Type Public Public

    2013-14 Season

    Jan 21, 2014 @TEX 67, KSU 64Recap
    » Feb 8, 2014 @KSU 74, TEX 57Recap

    Research Notes

    Marcus Foster's 34 points vs No. 25 Texas are the most by a freshman vs a top 25 team this season.
    Marcus Foster is the first Big 12 player this season to score 30 or more points while shooting 80% or better from the field. The last to do it was Kansas' Ben McLemore last season (March 2, 2013 vs West Virginia). Foster is the first Kansas State freshman to score 30 points in a game since Michael Beasley in 2008. Beasley scored 30 points 13 different times in 2007-08, a Big 12 record for any player.
    Texas scored a season-low 18 first-half points against Kansas State. The Longhorns were outscored 18-2 in the paint and 13-0 off turnovers. No Texas player scored more than 3 points in the half.
    Marcus Foster had 34 points against Texas. That's the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen scored 38 against Wisconsin on March 19, 2011, and it's the 2nd-most by any Big 12 player in conference play this season.

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