Texas-Kansas basketball: Matchup with No. 11 Jayhawks looks like gut-check ...

It's a true gut-check moment for coach Shaka Smart, his players and the entire UT men's program.

In an 18-game Big 12 schedule, most coaches don't start sizing up the league race until the halfway point.

Texas can not afford to drop too far below .500 in league play as the NCAA tournament pressure would only build in February.

"There's no victory in a loss," Smart said that night, "but it's more a lesson of the level of fight we need to have, the aggressiveness we need to have on our good offensive possessions."

"We've got to be ready to go play in Austin," Kansas coach Bill Self told reporters afterward.

This article is written by Brian Davis from Austin American-Statesman and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.

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