LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Svi Mykhailiuk had 17 points, Devonte Graham added 10 and 11 assists and No. 6 Kansas beat Texas 80-70 Monday night.
Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) shoots while covered by Texas guard Kerwin Roach II (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
The Jayhawks (24-6, 13-4 Big 12) used a strong night from seniors Mykhailiuk and Graham in what was the pair and walk-on Clay Young's senior night and final game in Allen Fieldhouse. Their powerful start helped them control the game early, forcing the Longhorns (17-13, 7-10 Big 12) to burn four timeouts in the first half.
Kerwin Roach II led the way for Texas, scoring 18 points and dishing out eight assists just days after hitting the game-winner against Oklahoma State. Jacob Young posted 14 points and five rebounds.
The Longhorns were without star freshman Mo Bamba, who missed the game with a toe injury. Bamba, who leads the team in rebounds (10.6) and is second in points (13) per game, had 22 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks against Kansas back in December.
Udoka Azubuike had another strong night down low for the Jayhawks, scoring a game-high 20 points and making 10 of 11 shots. Azubuike led the nation in field goal percentage entering the game (77.1 percent).
Kansas has now won 35 consecutive home finales, dating back to the 1983-84 season. The Jayhawks are locked in to the Big 12 tournament's No. 1 seed.
Kansas is now 31-8 all-time against Texas, and has won all of the last nine meetings.
Kansas seals an outright Big 12 championship after clinching at least a share of its 14th straight conference crown Saturday with a win over Texas Tech.
Texas remains on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. If the Longhorns aren't chosen, it will be just the third time in the last 20 years they've missed the NCAAs.
Kansas wraps up its season on the road against Oklahoma State Saturday.
Texas will finish the year with a home tilt against No. 20 West Virginia.