Junior guard Courtney Ramey paced five players in double-figure scoring with 18 points to lead No. 8/9 Texas (8-1, 2-0 Big 12) to an 84-59 victory over No. 3/4 Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The 25-point margin of victory marked the largest home defeat by the Jayhawks in the Bill Self era.
Texas earned a win against its highest-ranked AP opponent since a 76-63 home victory against No. 3 Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 2016. It also marked the highest-ranked AP opponent UT has beaten in a road game since a 74-63 win at No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 22, 2011.
Ramey converted 7-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior forward Jericho Sims registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while junior guard Andrew Jones added 14 points and seven boards. Senior guard Matt Coleman III tallied 13 points, six rebounds and six assists against just one turnover, and sophomore forward Kai Jones posted 12 points.
Texas scored the opening four points of the contest, jumped out to a 10-2 lead following a Ramey three-pointer at the 16:20 mark and never trailed in the game. Kai Jones had all 12 of his points in the opening 20 minutes, as the Longhorns built a 37-29 halftime cushion.
UT was simply dominant in the second half, outscoring the Jayhawks by a 47-30 margin. Texas converted 57.1-percent from the floor (16-28), including an 8-of-13 (.615) mark from three-point range, and went 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. On the defensive end, the Longhorns held Kansas to 29.0-percent field goal shooting (9-31), including a 2-of-16 (.125) mark from three-point range, in the second half. The margin did not fall below 20 points in the final 8:03 of the contest.