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Big 12 Tournament - Championship Game: Kansas v. Texas

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Big 12 Championship, Game 11: No. 1 Kansas v. No. 3 Texas

Game Time: 2:00 p.m.

ESPN
Team Pts. Reb. FG% 3P% KP Rank Off. Eff. Def. Eff.
Kansas 79.0 40.6 .494 .387 2 15 1
Texas 82.9 40.1 .454 .404 15 2 58

Kansas Players to Watch:

  • Brandon Rush, G, 6-6, So., 13.7 Pts., 5.7 Reb., 1.8 Ast.
  • Mario Chalmers, G, 6-1, So., 12.1 Pts., 3.3 Reb., 3.2 Ast.
  • Julian Wright, F, 6-8, So., 12.0 Pts., 8.1 Reb., 2.3 Ast.

Texas Players to Watch:

  • Kevin Durant, G-F, 6-9, Fr., 25.1 Pts., 11.4 Reb., 1.4 Ast.
  • A.J. Abrams, G, 5-10, So., 15.1 Pts., 2.4 Reb., 1.6 Ast.
  • D.J. Augustin, G, 5-11, Fr., 15.0 Pts., 2.8 Reb., 6.8 Ast.

At this point, we're talking about one player versus a collection of players. Durant certainly has the ability to take over and win a game, but I'll take the collection of talented players over the one special player, at least today. Texas looks a little tired and I imagine that Kansas, with their depth, is well prepared to take on Durant. Kansas has a couple of things that most teams don't, athletic forwards who can cover Durant. I think Wright and Arthur have the ability to keep pace with Durant and can also force Durant to play defense as well. I also like Kansas' defensive ability, they're awfully good and Texas can be just average on defense at times. I'll take the Jayhawks against a tired Texas team, 71-67.