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Kansas basketball travels to face Texas Tech. Jayhawks suffer first loss in Big 12 play

LUBBOCK, TX — Kansas men’s basketball’s 2021-22 regular season continued Saturday with a Big 12 Conference road matchup at Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks came in off of a win against Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders came in off of a loss against Iowa State. Both teams are ranked in the latest coaches poll, with Kansas at No. 6 and Texas Tech at No. 25.

Did the Jayhawks continue their winning streak, and defeat another conference foe? Did the Red Raiders hand the visitors their first loss in conference play? Was this a game that served as a breakout performance this season for Kansas redshirt sophomore forward Jalen Wilson?

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Here’s what happened, with the latest news first, at United Supermarket Arena:

FINAL: Texas Tech 75, Kansas 67

Texas Tech leads 65-56 against Kansas with 4:08 left in 2nd half

The Jayhawks keep threatening to pull this game within a possession, and the Red Raiders keep doing enough to hold them off. It’ll be interesting to see how much Bill Self plays Remy Martin down the stretch. It’ll be interesting to see who he goes with among David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot as well.

3-pointers have played a big role in the second half, as Kansas is 6-for-12 and Texas Tech is 3-for-8. Behind the arc over the course of the game as a whole, the Jayhawks are 9-for-23 and the Red Raiders are 4-for-16.

Texas Tech leads 55-48 against Kansas with 7:50 left in 2nd half

Kansas pulled its deficit to just five points during this stretch, but Texas Tech will have a chance to go back up eight with a free throw after the break. Remy Martin has been a great asset for the Jayhawks offensively. Ochai Agbaji hit the 3-pointer that made it a five-point game.

Texas Tech leads 51-42 against Kansas with 10:57 left in 2nd half

The Jayhawks have pulled this one to under 10 points, thanks in part to a bucket on a drive from Remy Martin. It’s Texas Tech that called the timeout that caused this break. Possibly, the Red Raiders’ head coach sees this as a moment where the Jayhawks have a chance to regain a lot of momentum.

Also, defensively Kansas has gone to a 2-3 zone. It seems Bill Self isn’t pleased with how the Jayhawks have been doing defensively.

Texas Tech leads 48-37 against Kansas with 12:52 left in 2nd half

The Jayhawks are struggling mightily offensively, especially with Remy Martin on the bench. Right now, they have as many made shots from the field as turnovers — 4. They’ll need to develop some rhythm if they’re going to have a chance.

It doesn’t help that Ochai Agbaji is up to four fouls, either. He’s the team’s second-leading scorer at this point with 13 points. Kansas only has four points from its bench.

Texas Tech leads 40-32 against Kansas with 15:50 left in 2nd half

The Jayhawks have trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, their largest deficit of the game, but are back to down eight with a little less than 16 minutes remaining. A Jalen Wilson 3-pointer helped bring them back within single digits. He’s up to 16 points in this one.

Remy Martin has yet to enter the game in the second half. He’s dealing with a knee injury on top of foul trouble. It’s unclear how much he’ll play in the second half, if at all.

HALFTIME: Texas Tech 33, Kansas 25

Texas Tech leads 31-25 against Kansas with 2:04 left in 1st half

The Red Raiders have their largest lead of the game so far, as they go up 31-25 before a timeout from Kansas. The basket that got Texas Tech there was a 3-pointer. It was the team’s first made 3-pointer of the day.

Joseph Yesufu had a pair of open looks from behind the arc for the Jayhawks, and missed them both. Those are shots Kansas needs him to be able to knock down. Right now, the Jayhawks are 3-for-11 from behind the arc.

Texas Tech leads 28-25 against Kansas with 3:43 left in 1st half

KJ Adams Jr. and Joseph Yesufu have now appeared in the game for Kansas, which means Bill Self’s rotation has extended to 11 guys. Adams and Zach Clemence are each getting opportunities to play this half over Mitch Lightfoot and David McCormack. Adams and Clemence are freshmen, while Lightfoot and McCormack are seasoned veterans.

Kansas has not played particularly well this half, but only trails by three points with 3:43 left before halftime. It’s helped that Jalen Wilson has played so well offensively, as he’s up to 13 points already. It’s also helped that Texas Tech is 0-for-6 from behind the arc, and Kansas is 3-for-9. It hasn’t helped that Remy Martin has three fouls for the Jayhawks.

Texas Tech and Kansas are tied 19-19 with 7:55 left in 1st half

The Jayhawks have gone on a quick, 5-0 run to tie the score at 19-19 with a little less than eight minutes until halftime. All five points came from Ochai Agbaji, who’s now up to eight points, including a 3-pointer. But what led into this break was a Kansas turnover from Jalen Coleman-Lands.

The Jayhawks have turned the ball over eight times, while the Red Raiders have only done that four times. It’s led to six points off of turnovers or Texas Tech and five for Kansas. It’s more so this is disrupting the Jayhawks’ flow offensively, than leading to points for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech leads 19-14 against Kansas with 9:56 left in 1st half

The Jayhawks are struggling defensively inside, and that’s helped lead to the Red Raiders going up 19-14 with 9:56 left in the half before a timeout by Bill Self. After this break, Self put Zach Clemence into the game and sat David McCormack. Self appeared very upset during the timeout break.

Right now, Texas Tech has 18 points in the paint and the only point that isn’t included in that came on a free throw that was attempted due to action in the paint. Kansas has also turned the ball over more than two times more than Texas Tech. It’s hurting the Jayhawks’ flow offensively.

Texas Tech leads 14-12 against Kansas with 11:56 left in 1st half

Remy Martin checked in for Kansas for the first time during this stretch, coming in to play initially with a group that included Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris Jr. Martin was active offensively, and helped get his teammates looks. Defensively, though, Martin struggled and committed a foul on an and-1 opportunity that led into this break.

Jalen Coleman-Lands appeared set to check in, which means it looks like Kansas’ rotation of eight guys that played against Oklahoma State will all have entered some time so far. How that affects the Jayhawks defensively could be something to watch, as they have allowed 14 points in the pain by Texas Tech already. Kansas has scored just two points in the paint.

Texas Tech leads 8-7 against Kansas with 15:31 left in 1st half

The Jayhawks are trailing by a point early at the first break, and allowing the Red Raiders fans to bring a lot of energy to start this one. It’s certainly loud in here, despite it not being a full-capacity crowd. At this point it’s fair to say this is a more hostile environment than the Oklahoma State game was.

Jalen Wilson leads Kansas with seven points, as he’s been very active in his ability to start in this one. He’s also hit a 3-pointer already. However, he’s yet to pull down a rebound — which has been what he’s been best at so far this season.

Mitch Lightfoot has a couple early fouls for the Jayhawks. That likely means fans will see a lot more of David McCormack, and maybe even some KJ Adams Jr. as well depending on how things go.

It begins

Kansas won the tip, with Mitch Lightfoot going for it, and this one is underway.

Norm Roberts doesn’t appear to be in attendance

Here’s a look at the crowd not long before tip-off

Bill Self appears on Kansas’ pregame show

The Jayhawks’ head coach discussed a number of different things. For one, Self praised how well Jalen Wilson can rebound the ball and noted as well that Wilson needs to start hitting some shots. And Self thought as well, 95 percent sure he said, that Texas Tech’s Kevin McCullar would play.

Here’s who’s starting

David McCormack appears on Kansas’ pregame show

The Jayhawks senior forward appeared on a Kansas pregame show, and touched on a number of different topics. For one, he said that they’ll have to be able to deal with Texas Tech’s aggressive defense. Also, he discussed how important it is to win on the road. To be the Big 12 champion, he said, the Jayhawks are going to have to win on the road.

Kansas looks like it’s in good shape, availability wise

Texas Tech may not be at full strength

Tip-off is approaching

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas basketball vs. Texas Tech: Live score updates, analysis

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