ITP: Kansas gets past Texas to win Big 12 opener

The Jayhawks closed out 2017 by winning their 27th straight conference opener, taking Friday night’s battle against Texas in Austin.

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No. 11 Kansas has won four straight games, including Friday’s 92-86 conference-opening win in Austin against the Texas Longhorns. It didn’t come easy for the Jayhawks, but behind 17 three-pointers, they did just enough on the defensive end to escape with their 27th straight conference-opening win.

KU looks to once again be the favorite in a loaded Big 12 race, but there were plenty of impressive statements made by competitors across the first weekend of league play. We recap all of the action and break down a crazy weekend of college basketball that saw the last of the unbeatens go down. We also preview KU’s next opponent, a top-20 team in Texas Tech looking to win its first-ever game in Lawrence.

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Ryan Landreth

I’m a recent graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University. In addition to writing for Rock Chalk Blog, I host the Inside the Paint podcast that covers KU basketball, and I write for Royals Review in the summer. My grandma has had season tickets to Jayhawk basketball for 30 years, and I have the privilege of going to most games with her.