LUBBOCK, Texas | Do the Kansas Jayhawks have another road comeback in them? If they do, they’ll be Big 12 regular season champions for the fifth straight year. If they don’t, they’ll have to count on arch-rival Missouri to clinch on Wednesday night.
Texas Tech leads No. 9 KU by a double-take score of 39-28. The Red Raiders led by as many as 39-21 before the Jayhawks ended the half on a 7-0 run.
Kansas, 13-1 in the Big 12, entered the game needing a victory to clinch at least a share of the league title and a win combined with a Missouri win over Oklahoma, 12-2, to clinch the championship outright. An Oklahoma loss by itself would also give the Jayhawks at least a share of the title.
Certainly, that’s not how KU wants it to happen. The Jayhawks played their worst half of the season against the Red Raiders, who are a woeful 2-12 in the league. Texas Tech got countless open looks from the outside and took advantage of most of them, shooting eight-of-15 as a team from 3-point range.
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Texas Tech senior Alan Voskuil, playing on Senior Night, lit the Jayhawks up for 16 points by making four of seven threes.
The Jayhawks, on the other hand, shot just 32 percent (8-of-25) from the field and made just two of nine threes. KU got back into the game when Texas Tech got in foul trouble. The Jayhawks made 10 of 14 free throws.
In their last two road games, Kansas has come back from first-half deficits of 17 at Kansas State and 14 at Oklahoma to win crucial league games. The Jayhawks will need another valiant effort tonight.