March 1, 2007

KU hopes to enjoy month of March

Bill Self and the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (26-4; 13-2) received an unexpected gift on Wednesday night. Sixth-ranked Texas A&M (25-4; 12-3) traveled to Austin, Texas, hoping to keep pace with KU atop the Big 12 standings. However, No. 15 Texas (22-7; 12-3) stunned the Aggies in double overtime, 98-96. With just one regular season game remaining, the Jayhawks can't afford to stumble inside Allen Fieldhouse against the Longhorns on Saturday afternoon.

"That (Texas vs. Texas A&M) was a fabulous game," said Self. "It was an absolutely terrific game. It was a better game than the Oklahoma State vs. Texas game, in my mind, because it was even better played. It was high quality and you had some guys making plays. I thought it was one of the best basketball games I've seen, period.

"Coach Rick Barnes has done a great job," he added. "He is a good coach. Their team is even younger than our team was last year. Last year we started three freshmen and two sophomores. They're starting four freshmen and a sophomore. They can really score the ball. If you get in a scoring contest with them, they are very hard to beat, because they've got so many weapons."

If the Jayhawks hope to extend their winning streak to eight straight games and, more importantly, if they hope to win another Big 12 regular season championship outright, they'll have to take care of business against the Longhorns on Saturday afternoon.

In-order for that to take place, Self's squad will have to do something not many teams have been able to do this year. Kansas must contain Kevin Durant, the 6-foot-9, 204-pound freshman forward from Suitland, Md.

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