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NCAA Basketball: Texas Travels To Phog Allen In Last Game Of The Season

The Longhorns will need strong play from their inconsistent young back-court if they hope to upset the Jayhawks for the second consecutive year in Lawrence.

Coming off a gritty 72-64 win against Oklahoma on Wednesday which saved their NCAA Tournament chances, the Texas Longhorns travel to Lawrence Saturday to face the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks in prime-time.

Last season, a much different Texas team ended Kansas' 69-game winning-streak at Phog Allen, and a Jayhawks team that's firing on all cylinders as the regular season ends will be looking for revenge. Kansas, who have won seven straight games, can clinch their 8th consecutive Big 12 championship with a win.

Texas will not be able to start as slow offensively as they did against Oklahoma, as they were down 23-11 early in the first half. The Longhorns came back thanks to a game-high 24 points from Sheldon McClellan as well as a 22-point performance by J'Covan Brown.

Brown, the leading scorer in the Big 12 (19.6 ppg), scored 12 of his points in the final seven minutes of the game to lead the surge.

In an interview with The Daily Texan, the 6'1 200 junior discussed Texas' mentality coming into the game:

"We're going to walk in there together, we're going to have swag and we're going to fight and show the world that we can be right there."

The biggest key for the Longhorns will be getting consistent play from freshman point Myck Kabongo, who said his 0-6 performance against the Sooners was the "worst shooting night of his career."

The 8:00 PM game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

For more on Texas Longhorns basketball, visit Burnt Orange Nation. For more on the Kansas Jayhawks, head to Rock Chalk Talk.

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