Game 18: #9/10 Texas (14-3, 4-2 Big 12) vs #25/RV Kansas State (15-4, 5-2 Big 12)
Wednesday 26 Jan. 2022 – 19:00 Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,540) – Austin, Texas
GameDay Fast Facts:
• TELEVISION: The game will be broadcast nationally on LHN. Alex Loeb (pxp) and Andrea Lloyd (analyst) are calling the action.
• RADIO: 105.3 The Bat broadcasts every UT match on the national network. Craig Way (pxp) and Kathy Harston (analyst) will call the action. Check TexasSports.com for a list of affiliates that offer the game.
• SERIES: Texas leads, 25-17. Last meeting: Texas 59-48 (February 21, 2021; Austin, Texas).
OPENING TIP: The No. 9/10 Texas Women’s Basketball team will aim for its fourth straight Big 12 win Wednesday night (7:00 p.m. CT) as they host No. 25/RV Kansas State at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns are coming off a 2-0 week of taking a couple of road wins, then — No. 7/7, Iowa State (66-48) last Wednesday and TCU (68-47) on Saturday.
THE SERIES: Texas and KSU meet Wednesday night for the 43rd time overall. The Longhorns hold a 25-17 lead over the Wildcats in the all-time series and have won three of their last four encounters, including both matchup during the 2020-21 season.
ROAD WARRIORS: Throughout the first half of the 2021-2022 season, Texas found a way to play their best basketball on the road. The Longhorns are 6-1 on the road this season with 4-for-6 wins against ranked opponents. Texas defeated No. 3 Stanford (Nov. 14) and No. 17 Texas A&M (December 5) and No. 7 Iowa State. Their only road defeat of the season was a 74-70 overtime loss at number 16 Tennessee (November 21).
THE SCHAEFER FORMULA: Longhorn Head Coach Vic Schafer makes no secret of how his teams have achieved success over the years. Relentless defensive pressure, attention to detail, and limiting revenue and errors are built into the identity of its programs. The 2021-22 Longhorns are no different among the nation’s best in a variety of defensive categories. UT is currently number 1 in the Big 12 and number 25 in the NCAA, with opponents just 55.2 points per game. They also lead the league and are ranked 8th nationally in sales forced at 23.3 per game.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: The Longhorns will face a dangerous KSU squad that is currently tied for first place in the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats come home Sunday to a dominant 94-65 win over No. 18/21 Oklahoma.
Junior center Ayoka Lee made history in Sunday’s win over the Sooners when she broke 61 points to break the NCAA Division I single-game scoring record. During the season, Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks #2 in the NCAA with an average score of 25.5 points per game. She is ranked No. 2 in the league and No. 20 nationally in rebounding average of 10.9 per game.
Freshman guard Serena Sundell is the other double-digit scorer for K-State with 10.6 points per game. As a team, the Wildcats lead the conference in blocked shot per game (6.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48), and field goal defense (0.352).
NEXT: After Wednesday’s matchup, the Longhorns head out as they travel to Norman to defeat No.18/21 Oklahoma on Saturday, January 29. The tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on Bally Sports Oklahoma.