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Kansas basketball looks to continue its late season surge with a road win over Texas.

The Big 12 is loaded with elite matchups this week as the league’s top contenders jockey for positioning in the standings. Two of the league’s top dogs square off in Austin tonight as the Kansas Jayhawks hit the road to square off with the Texas Longhorns.

It has been a down year for the Jayhawks, who fell out of the Top 25 in early February for the first time since 2009, but Bill Self’s team has rebounded nicely. Kansas has climbed back into the polls after ripping off a five-game winning streak bookended by home wins against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Saturday’s triumph over the Red Raiders came down to the wire as a late three from Christian Braun proved to be the dagger. David McCormack also played a starring role for the Jayhawks, scoring 17 points as all five Kansas starters reached double figures in points.

The Jayhawks hit the road today for a game against the Longhorns, who have stumbled down the stretch after reaching the Top 5 in the polls in January. Texas lost a heartbreaker over the weekend,  losing by a bucket to West Virginia after the Mountaineers erased a 19-point deficit in the second half.

Shaka Smart’s team has lost four of its past six games, and although each defeat came to a likely tournament team it is still a bad trend at this time of year. Kansas should also be fired up for a shot at revenge after the Longhorns embarrassed them at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this season.

How to bet and watch Kansas at Texas
    • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23
    • Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
    • Location: Austin, TX
    • Venue: Frank Erwin Center
    • TV: ESPN
    • Live Stream: WatchESPN
    • Line: Texas -2.5 (FanDuel)
    • Prediction: Kansas 79, Texas 74
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Jon Jones tips bitter rival Israel Adesanya to get KO’d by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 before DELETING shock prediction

JON JONES reckons Israel Adesanya will be knocked out in his champion-versus-champion bout with Jan Blachowicz.

Middleweight king Adesanya will challenge Blachowicz for the light-heavyweight crown early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 259 in Las Vegas.

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Victory over the Pole will see the Nigerian-born Kiwi become only the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.

But Jones reckons The Last Stylebender's bid to join that elite club will fall flat on its face.

The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion tweeted: "Jan by KO."

Jones quickly deleted his prediction for Adesanya's light-heavyweight bow, but not fast enough to stop fight fans from seeing it.

Future Hall of Famer Jones, 33, has been engaged in a war of words with Adesanya for over two years.

The pair have had repeated back-and-forths on social media, with no subject being off-limits.



Jones recently took aim at the fan favourite on Twitter after catching wind of an interview in which he claimed they'd throw down at the end of the year.

He tweeted: "I guess the cartoon energy will have his Wrestling and Jujitsu ready by December now."

UFC president Dana White is eager to make the blockbuster bout this year.

Speaking ahead of Adesanya's UFC 253 clash with Paulo Costa, he said: "Jon hasn't moved up to heavyweight yet.

"We don't know what Jon's gonna do.


"If you're Jon Jones right now, you probably sit back and watch what happens this weekend, see who wins, how they win, and maybe make them defend the title and then you come back and try to regain it."

When asked about the clash in December, he said: "That’s the fight I would love to see.

"Somebody asked me yesterday ‘if you could make one fight in 2021, what would it be?’ That’s the fight. That’s my pick.”

Adesanya is itching to share the cage with Jones but wants their grudge match to take place in a packed arena.

He told ESPN: "It can happen then. All I know is that this fight needs a crowd.

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"That fight needs a crowd. I can’t do that in an empty arena.”

Jones is currently gearing up for his long-awaited heavyweight debut and is on course to face the winner of Stipe Miocic's rematch with Francis Ngannou later this month.

White said: "Jon Jones is going to move to heavyweight.

"We’re going to have Stipe vs. Francis, and the winner of that will probably fight Jon Jones.

“The guy’s been the king of the light heavyweight division forever. I think he thinks it’s time to move up to heavyweight.

“He knows his body, he knows his abilities, he knows better than anybody else does. But it’s impressive.”

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