KANSAS CITY, MO (KXAN)– The Texas Longhorns lost their third straight game and this one could mark the end of their NCAA Tournament hopes, falling to Kansas 65-57 at the Big 12 Tournament. The Longhorns fall to 16-16, and no team has ever received an at-large tournament bid with a .500 record.
Texas took a four point lead late in the first half on a Jase Febres three pointer, but Kansas jumped out to a nine point lead in the first five minutes of the second half. Kerwin Roach’s three pointer cut the KU lead to 61-57 with 2:44 to go in the game and then Matt Coleman missed a three pointer with 1:09 followed by a Roach miss with :30 , both would have have cut the Kansas lead to one.
Senior Dylan Osetkowski led the Longhorns with 18 points while Febres added 11. Texas shot 36% from the field and hit 8-25 three pointers. In his first game back after serving a five game suspension, Roach scores eight points on 2-7 shooting in 20 minutes. Freshman Jaxson Hayes scored just two points in 14 minutes after getting in early foul trouble and then left in the game with an apparent foot injury.
The Longhorns now wait until selection Sunday with a berth in the NIT as a possibility.
Shaka Smart is now 66-66 in his four years at Texas.