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Kansas G Kevin McCullar Questionable vs. Texas on Saturday

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In what has been one of the most competitive and unpredictable Big 12 basketball seasons in recent memory, we’re entering the final stretch of the year with the Kansas Jayhawks in unfamiliar territory.

For just the second time since 2005, it appears that a regular season Big 12 title is out of reach for Bill Self’s squad, who find themselves two games back in the conference standings and currently slated as the No. 5 seed in next month’s Big 12 Tournament.

Kansas is 8-5 in Big 12 play this season, and much of the misfortune that they’ve faced has been a lack of bench depth coupled with key players missing time with injury.

 

That problem could persist into a big matchup against Texas this weekend, too, as Coach Self didn’t sound overly optimistic about Kevin McCullar’s availability when he spoke with media on Thursday.

“No, I do not [know if he’ll be available on Saturday],” Self said of McCullar’s status for Saturday. “He hasn’t done anything yet this week. So we’ll probably wait and see if he’s able to do anything today. Today will probably determine if he plays on Saturday as much as anything. But I probably won’t tell you guys that.”

If McCullar is unable to go for the Jayhawks, Nick Timberlake is likely to get the start. Timberlake got the start against Baylor and played over 30 minutes in a hard-fought win over the Bears. However, Monday night McCullar was missed sorely in Lubbock as Texas Tech handed KU it’s worst loss of the year, 79-50.

KU will host the Longhorns on Saturday for a 5:00 pm tilt, one of their three remaining home games in the 2024 season. It will be the final time the Longhorns visit Allen Fieldhouse as a member of the Big 12, but UT probably doesn’t have much of a problem with that. KU is 17-2 all-time against Texas at the Phog, and 36-14 overall against the Longhorns.

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