One could hear a pin drop in jampacked Allen Field House on Saturday...the death of Kansas forward Thomas Robinson's mother from an apparent heart attack Friday, January 21, shocks and saddens the Robinson Family and Jayhawk Nation adding to the deaths of two of Robinson's grandparents in the last month.
With personal tragedy as an insurmountable backdrop to hosting the talented Texas Longhorns, the Jayhawks' 69 game home-court winning streak came to a halt as UT rallied from a 12 point halftime deficit to win 74 - 63.
Texas' suffocating zone trap shut down the Kansas offense (27.3% second-half FG) and exposed the Jayhawks' vulnerability (for Saturday, anyway) to the extent that Coach Bill Self and his team will likely see some variation of the zone trap from every opponent from this point going forward this season. UT established itself as a bonafide national title contender, albeit in the third week of January.
UT outrebounded KU 42 - 33.
Kansas scoring: Tyrel Reed 17 points; Marcus Morris 16 points; Markieff Morris 10 Points; Brady Morningstar eight points; Tyshawn Taylor four points; Josh Selby four points; Thomas Robinson two points; Mario Little two points
Texas scoring: J'Covan Brown 23 points; Jordan Hamilton 17 points; Tristan Thompson 12 points; Cory Joseph 11 points; Gary Johnson six points; Dogus Balbay five points
Rebounds: Kansas 33; Texas 42