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Texas vs. Kansas has a history of great moments

Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 1:02 pm
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Posted by Eric Angevine

Prior to the formation of the Big 12, the Texas/Kansas rivalry was nonexistent. Thanks, primarily, to Rick Barnes building the Longhorns into a perennial powerhouse, the annual game has become a matchup that both teams and most fans circle on the calendar when schedules are announced each season. The intensity of the rivalry is honed a bit by the fact that Kansas plays in the league's North Division and Texas plays in the South, so there's no reciprocal game; the host school pours a season's worth of passion into beating an arch-rival, knowing that only a Big 12 tourney game could ever provide a second chance for the loser.

With that in mind, I've picked out ten amazing performances that have made this rivalry special over the past decade.

10. Collins Goes Out Strong (2010): In his final career game vs. Texas, Sherron Collins had to come up big down the stretch, as the #14 Longhorns staged a home rally against the #1 Jayhawks. KU's winningest all-time player scored 15 points to go with five assists and four steals to seal the deal.

9. UT Sweeps (2004): Bill Self was the new guy on the block at Kansas, and he got an early taste of defeat at the hands of the Longhorns. Byron Mouton scored 23 at home to lead a convincing 82-67 win, then poured in 18 more in the Big 12 tournament semis to pace #11 Texas over the nation's #14 team.

8. Simien Dominates (2005): The rare KU superstar who actually hailed from the state of Kansas, Simien led the scoring in a game that turned out to be Rick Barnes' worst loss since he came to Texas in 1998. The final result was a 90-65 blowout as Simien showed his determination to protect his (Allen Field) house.

7. Damion James Comes Alive (2008): After sitting out much of the first half due to foul trouble, Texas star Damian James came out with ferocious intent in the second half of a 72-69 home win. James finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. All but two of the points came in the second stanza, and all of the boards were second-half production.

6. Morningstar's Double-Clutch (2010): Not much needs saying. This one's purely visual.

5. Aldridge Goes Off (2006): No, not Cole Aldrich. LaMarcus Aldridge. This is the kind of performance, like Byron Mouton's in '04, that really fuels a rivalry like this one. Whether the nation at large takes note or not, the respective fan bases remember when these types of games happen. This 80-65 drubbing of the Jayhawks happened at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin, and big man Aldridge was unconscious, scoring 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting, grabbing eight rebounds, and blocking four shots in one of his best college games.

4. Mario Pops for 30 (2008): In hindsight, it was a preview of what Mario Chalmers would do for the Jayhawks as they captured the national championship. At the time, however, it was just one more of the several battles for the championship of each other that UT and KU have joined. Chalmers went a wicked 8 of 12 from behind the arc in the Big 12 tourney's final game. It was his career high at KU, and helped the Jayhawks earn a #1 seed in their tournament run of destiny. Texas' D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 9 assists in a losing effort.

3. T.J. Ford Fills the Stat Sheet (2003): 25 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. That's how close T.J. Ford came to notching a triple-double in Allen Fieldhouse in January of 2003. It was a typically amazing performance for the point guard who led the Longhorns to the Final Four that year. Had he been able to get the Horns past Syracuse, there's little doubt that the ensuing battle with Kansas for a national title would have been epic.

2. Collison Cowboys Up (2003): Yep, same game. That's how tough the 2003 matchup was for both teams. It was a real battle royale, as KU's Nick Collison basically had to become a one-man wrecking machine inside to gut out the home win. His 24 points and 23 rebounds inspired a standing ovation from none other than Dickie V, who called it "one of the most special efforts I've ever seen."

1. Kevin Durant (2007): There was only one season in Austin, and just two games against Kansas, but KD was an absolute joy to watch, for friend and foe alike, in that season. #15 Texas went to Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, and KU barely rallied to overcome Durant's 32 points, six three-pointers, nine rebounds and two blocks to pull out the win. Just eight days later, in the Big 12 championship game, the Hawks needed OT to pull out the victory, as Durant fired up 37 points, grabbed 10 boards and again blocked two shots. Just a smidge of help from anyone not named A.J. Abrams, and 2007 could have been an even more legendary year for the Longhorns.

#11 Texas will journey to Allen Fieldhouse to take on #2 Kansas on Saturday. The game will be televised at 4:00 p.m. on CBS | Video Preview

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Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Texas vs. Kansas has a history of great moments

The question is, how much do Texas fans really care? They have this culture of "football-is-all-there-is-to-life".

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:59 am

Texas vs. Kansas has a history of great moments

Other than Bill Self, Rick Barnes is on one of my favorite collge b-ball coaches.  Good rivalry throughout the years.  Last year I was worried about Texas.  They had a deep bench and a lot talent.  That is what worries me about this years Kansas team.  Texas started off strong, and then hit a wall.  They were the only preseason team worried me.  Ton of respect to the Texas b-ball program.  Someone help me out here.  Didn't Durant turn an ankle @ Allen Field house and didn't play for some minutes in '07.  Once he came back, the Fieldhouse gave him a standing ovation.  Respect.  That kid literally could shoot the lights out.  He has been one of my most favorite Texas baller.  Looking forward to the matchup.
Rock Chalk

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:08 pm

Texas vs. Kansas has a history of great moments

I was at Allen Field House for Durant's one and only appearance.  And, wow what a performance is was.  I have never seen a better college basketball performance live at AFH.  He single handedly destroyed the Jayhawks with an array of spectacular 3's , dunks, steals and mid-range pull-ups.  I believe KU was down close to 20 points in the first half.  KU did make the necessarry adjustments and pulled the game out..... thankfully (otherwise I may not have such fond memories!) However, he was a truly a man playing with boys and I feel genuinely blessed to have been there to see him live.  Rock Chalk Baby!

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 6:50 pm

Texas vs. Kansas has a history of great moments

I disagree. There is a rivalry. UT knows it, KU's players know it and I think most of the KU fans know it. As a Jayhawk fan myself, the UT games at Allen Field House are always exciting. Do you not remember KU rallying from 25 down at the half in 2007 to win? Durant dominated that game, yet KU still found a way to pull off the win.  Maybe the win/loss records don't show that, but year after year (or every other year), UT at AFH is far more of a threat than any of nine other Big 12 foes at AFH (Mizzou and K-State are the only exceptions).

Even though UT has never won at Kansas, I believe that UT has won more at home against KU than they have lost. This year, if any team is poised to knock KU's home win streak, it is the Longhorns. I have much respect for UT and do not take them lightly.I am both dreading and looking forward to Saturday's game.

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:44 pm

Texas has never won @ Kansas

There have been a few great games but this isn't really a rivalry. 

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