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NCAA.com | January 23, 2015

Get ready for a Big 12 thriller as Texas hosts Kansas

Versus: Perry Ellis & Myles Turner

The 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks visit No. 17 Texas in a Big 12 showdown at 2 p.m. ET Saturday (CBS). The contest marks the 32nd meeting between the Longhorns and the Jayhawks, with Kansas holding a commanding 23-8 lead in the series which dates to a 36-34 Texas win on Dec. 16, 1938, in Austin.

Texas held TCU to 48 points on 33.3 percent FG shooting and recorded a plus-11 rebound margin (41-30) in Monday's victory. On the year, the Horns have limited opponents to 56.3 points on a combined 34.4 percent field-goal shooting. UT also sports a plus-12.2 rebound margin (42.8-30.7) entering Saturday's game.

This clash will be a battle of giants: Kansas leads the Big 12 with 249 all-time conference regular-season victories, while Texas is second at 197. KU also is tops with 14 Big 12 regular-season titles, including the past 10 in a row, while Texas is second with three.

Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Oklahoma on Monday and leads KU in scoring with 12.8 points and rebounding with 6.7 boards per game. Ellis is tied for ninth in the Big 12 scoring and tied for fifth in rebounding.

Myles Turner leads Texas with 11.8 points per game, one of four Longhorns averaging double-digits scoring. He also has a team-high 48 blocks. UT center Cameron Ridley has averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in 24.5 minutes per game during the past two contests while converting 12-of-17 (.706) field goals.

Texas is 34-19 against AP Top 25 foes under Rick Barnes at the Erwin Center entering Saturday's matchup.


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