LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 16: Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks hugs Kevin Young #40 as Tyshawn Taylor #10 screams as the Jayhawks defeat the Baylor Bears 92-74 to win the game on January 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Vs. Texas: Jayhawks Defeat Longhorns 69-66

The Kansas Jayhawks are looking for its ninth straight win when it heads to Austin on Saturday to take on the Longhorns.

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Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Kansas Jayhawks Top ESPN's List Despite Missouri's Big Win

It might just be the reputation. After all, when a person typically thinks of Big 12 basketball, the Kansas Jayhawks are often the first thing that comes to mind. The Jayhawks are once again atop the Big 12 Power Rankings from ESPN’s Jason King and there’s a legitimate argument to be made after Missouri bested the Baylor Bears on the road this weekend. Either way, two local teams are dominating the rest of the Big 12 at this point.

About the Jayhawks, King writes, “Bill Self said Saturday’s 69-66 victory at Texas was his team’s best win of the season. Not because the Jayhawks played particularly well against the struggling Longhorns, but because they found a way to grind out a victory in a tough road environment. Kansas is 36-7 in Big 12 road games in the past five-plus seasons.”

Missouri comes in second in his rankings and Baylor fell to third overall. From there, the Iowa State Cyclones ranked fourth and the K-State Wildcats fell to fifth overall to round out the top five.

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Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor Says The Jayhawks Must Slow Down Texas Guard J'Covan Brown

Today’s match-up between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns feature some of the best and the brightest in the Big 12. While Tyshawn Taylor just dropped 28 points during a breakout performance in a major win over the Baylor Bears earlier this week, even the Jayhawks’ guard says that he’s in awe of J’Covan Brown’s play for UT.

“That boy can play, so we just have to stay tuned in," said Taylor. "He’s always played good against us and we just have to try and contain him. He’s going to score. He takes tough shots and makes them, so we just have to slow him down and contain the other players.”

The Longhorns have lost two in a row and the Jayhawks have won eight in a row, so the Longhorns are definitely facing an uphill climb to change the momentum of both teams. If they are able to do so, it will likely be because Brown was able to take the game over in the backcourt. Thus far, the junior guard is averaging 19.2 points per game with 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds.

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