NCAA Men’s Basketball: Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Longhorns- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/02/2021, 6:13 AM EST
Dec 11, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self talks with players in a timeout during the second half against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Men’s Basketball action will continue into 2021 when the #3 ranked Kansas Jayhawks face the #8 ranked Texas Longhorns in a high-stakes ranked clash. A win for the Jayhawks may help them overtake the Baylor Bears into the second spot on the national AP Top 25 Poll. Meanwhile, the Longhorns can establish themselves as genuine contenders with a win.

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The Longhorns are entering this game with an 8-1 record, with their only loss coming against the #4 ranked Villanova Wildcats. However, this Jayhawks team is ranked even higher at #3. The Jayhawks are 9-1, and their last win was an emphatic one over #9 West Virginia Mountaineers. Their only loss this season came in their first game against the #1 ranked team, Gonzaga Bulldogs.

However, which one of these ranked heavyweights will leave the game with a win?

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The Bulldogs and the Bears are in another category by themselves right now. However, the Jayhawks are right behind them, set to take them down. In the game against the Longhorns, Kansas will have to rely on their wing defenders like Ochai Agbaji to contain the likes of Greg Brown.

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Dec 11, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks forward Devin Evans (21) and Kansas Jayhawks forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and guard Bryce Thompson (24) fight for a rebound during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams have elite defense and rebounding, so this will be a gritty battle. Both teams have athletic wings that can score at almost three levels, so containing players will be where this battle is won. However, facing Kansas at their home arena will be a massive challenge for Texas, as Kansas shoots much better at home.

The Longhorns will start with Jericho Sims, Matt Coleman, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey, and Greg Brown. The Jayhawks will line up with Christian Braun, Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, Jalen Wilson, and David McCormack.

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We predict the Kansas Jayhawks to ride their current momentum and elite play to another win. The Jayhawks are a superior team on paper and have a great coach in Bill Self. They should be the winners of this encounter, as almost every single thing is in their favor. The Longhorns provide matchup problems for most of the NCAA, but not Kansas.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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