Texas cemented itself as the chief challenger to Kansas — a status designation that could disappear as soon as Saturday, when the Longhorns visit Lawrence — with its dominating win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
The Aggies never really were in the game. Texas pounded the ball inside early and often, and a variety of A&M big men earned a plethora of fouls attempting — and failing — to slow down Tristan Thompson.
When the Longhorns' advantage reached double digits and Jordan Hamilton still hadn't done much, you knew it pretty much was over.
Once Hamilton erupted, it merely formalized what already was a foregone conclusion, despite the singular heroics of the ever-improving Khris Middleton.
Of course, once KU gets done dismantling the Longhorns (C'mon, do you really think Rick Barnes is going to win that game?), the Aggies will get a second chance in less than two weeks — and in College Station.
Something tells me they'll probably play better in that one.
More after the jump...
Other scores of interest — both opponents and non-opponents — from yesterday's midweek action:
- Colorado State 78, UNLV 63: Are you kidding me? And this was at Thomas & Mack Center? Bite me, Lon! This could end up being the loss we regret most, even more than Colorado or Oklahoma State.
- Duke 92, NC State 78: Ho-hum. Another day, another Duke blowout of the Blue Devil's little sisters in the ACC.
- Fort Hays State 81, Emporia State 80: Even our Division II opponent is falling apart. The Hornets once held a commanding lead in the MIAA, but now they're just 6-5 in conference play.
- Georgia Tech 74, Wake Forest 39: Georgia Tech is a terrible, terrible team that lost to Kennesaw State. So how bad are the Demon Deacons? Could Jeff Bzdelik actually be fired after just one year? Stay tuned...
- Indiana State 70, Missouri State 69: This minor upset of the Missouri Valley leader threw the conference race wide open.
- Marshall 75, West Virginia 71: Yet another entry in the WTF chronicles. West Virginia might have been feeling a little full of itself after the Purdue upset, but digging yourself a double-digit hole against an in-state rival you perceive as inferior, then trying to claw your way back ineffectively, is not a good way to follow up such a landmark victory.
- Northern Iowa 77, Wichita State 74: Of course, the Shockers failed to take advantage of Indiana State's upset victory because they dropped yet another home game. Glad to see we're not the only Kansas team failing to live up to preseason expectations of a conference championship.
- Oklahoma State 96, Iowa State 87 (OT): I was so close to calling this near-upset. Iowa State controlled the second half and had a sizable lead until the last three minutes in regulation, when the Cyclones inexplicably left Keiton Page multiple times. Once it went to overtime, they were done because they had no depth and no remaining momentum. Fred Hoiberg, after just two Big 12 road games, already has enough material to write a book about blowing such games in the last minute. Poor guy.
- Old Dominion 64, James Madison 58: The Dukes fell into a tie with the Monarchs in CAA play, but the latter holds the tiebreaker now after last night's game. Just another in a long series of disappointments by K-State non-conference opponents...
- Purdue 63, Penn State 62: Speaking of blowing road games, how did Penn State lose this one? How do you not deny JaJuan Johnson the ball on an inbounds play with five seconds left on the clock?
Associated Press Ranking = 28
ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 24
Overall Record = 13-6
Big 12 Record = 1-3
RPI = 53
SOS = 25
Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none
Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = James Madison, Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Washington State
Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none
James Madison (15-4, 5-2 CAA) | RPI = 62: Loss at Old Dominion (58-64)
- Virginia Tech (11-5, 2-2 ACC) | RPI = 78
- Presbyterian (8-11, 2-5 Big South) | RPI = 132
- Gonzaga (13-5, 3-0 WCC) | RPI = 45
No. 5 Duke (17-1, 4-1 ACC) | RPI = 7: Win at NC State (92-78)
- Texas Southern (7-9, 5-0 SWAC) | RPI = 176
Emporia State (9-8, 6-5 MIAA*): Loss at Fort Hays State* (80-81)
- Washington State (13-5, 3-3 Pac-10) | RPI = 58
- Alcorn State (1-15, 1-5 SWAC) | RPI = 318
- Loyola-Chicago (11-8, 2-6 Horizon League) | RPI = 187
Florida (13-4, 2-1 SEC) | RPI = 16
UNLV (14-5, 2-3 Mountain West) | RPI = 34: Loss to Colorado State (63-78)
- UMKC (10-8, 3-4 Summit League) | RPI = 236
- North Florida (6-12, 3-4 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 155
- Savannah State (3-17) | RPI = 292
Oklahoma State (14-4, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 36: Win over Iowa State (96-87 in overtime)
Colorado (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) | RPI = 76
- Texas Tech (8-11, 0-4 Big 12) | RPI = 210
No. 14 Missouri (16-3, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 30
- No. 10 Texas A&M (16-2, 3-1 Big 12) | RPI = 17: Loss at No. 11 Texas (60-81)
- Baylor (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 100
- No. 2 Kansas (18-0, 3-0 Big 12) | RPI = 1
- Nebraska (14-4, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 89
Iowa State (14-5, 1-3 Big 12) | RPI = 81: Loss at Oklahoma State (87-96 in overtime)
- Oklahoma (9-9, 1-3 Big 12) | RPI = 188
- No. 11 Texas (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) | RPI = 25: Win over No. 10 Texas A&M (81-60)