Texas, Kansas meet in Big 12 quarters
No. 6 seed Texas (16-15, 8-10) vs. No. 3 seed Kansas (23-8, 12-6)
Big 12 Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Texas is set to face Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Jan. 29, when Kansas made only 13 foul shots on 16 attempts while the Longhorns went 21 for 23 en route to a 10-point victory.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Texas has depended on senior leadership this year while Kansas has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Longhorns, seniors Kerwin Roach II, Dylan Osetkowski and Jaxson Hayes have scored 44 percent of the team’s points this season. In the other locker room, freshmen Dedric Lawson, Devon Dotson, Lagerald Vick and Ochai Agbaji have collectively accounted for 61 percent of all Kansas scoring this season.
ROBUST ROACH II: Roach has connected on 34.4 percent of the 131 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 73.6 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Texas is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 60 points and 16-9 when scoring at least 60.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Jayhawks have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Longhorns. Kansas has 36 assists on 75 field goals (48 percent) over its past three outings while Texas has assists on 30 of 67 field goals (44.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Kansas is ranked second among Big 12 teams with an average of 75.6 points per game.