March 13, 2013

Kansas to face Texas Tech

After a made layup with under a second remaining, Texas Tech (12-19, 3-15) booked a spot in the second round against top-seeded Kansas (26-5, 14-4) on Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, MO.

It looked as though Texas Tech was going to run away with their opening round game of the Big 12 Tournament against West Virginia until Bob Huggins's team came roaring back to tie the game midway through the second half.

In the end, it came down to a put-back layup after a missed three with .4 seconds left for Tech to take down West Virginia and move on to face the Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday.

Both teams have faced each other recently, with KU dominating TTU in Lawrence, Kan., 79-42.

Kansas was led by 22 points and 9 rebounds from Jeff Withey on senior night in Allen Fieldhouse. The only starter to not score in double figures was point guard Elijah Johnson, who chipped in 7 points but had 12 assists.

The most glaring statistic was Kansas' complete destruction of the Red Raiders on the glass, outrebounding Tech 43-21. The Jayhawks-one of the best defensive teams in the country-held Tech to just 26-percent shooting from the field, while knocking down 53-percent of their shots on a celebratory night in the Phog.

Kansas is coming off one of their worst losses of the year against Baylor (and in terms of point differential, KU's worst loss in seven seasons), who completely controlled the Jayhawks in Waco last Saturday.

Bill Self, although relatively calm after the game, can't be happy with the effort of his team against the Bears, who played maybe their best game of the season.

The concern for the Jayhawks was their lack of defensive intensity, allowing two Baylor players to combine for 53 points and as a team, hit 57-percent from the floor.

While the Jayhawks certainly have the advantage against Tech in size, talent, and athleticism, they will need to come out with a fresh mind and a new approach as March Madness has officially begun for the team with by far and away, the most played games in the postseason of any team in the country.

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