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With four straight wins over ranked opponents to its name, Texas is one of the nation's hottest teams.

TCU doesn't figure to pose much of a threat to the 15th-ranked Longhorns' hot stretch as the Horned Frogs continue to dwell at the bottom of the Big 12 standings.

Texas seeks its eighth consecutive victory in the series as it visits TCU on Tuesday night.

The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) started league play with losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but have since won six in the row. They're the second team since 1996-97 to win four games in a row over teams ranked in the AP Top 25, joining Kansas, which also accomplished the feat this season.

Texas' most recent - and most impressive triumph - came in an 81-69 home victory over those Jayhawks on Saturday. Isaiah Taylor scored 23 while Jonathan Holmes added 22. Taylor was coming off a 27-point performance against Baylor after not scoring more than 17 all season. He's 17 for 32 from the floor over his last two contests.

The Longhorns held the Jayhawks to 38.5 percent shooting after they had posted a 54.4 field-goal percentage during a seven-game winning streak. Demarcus Holland was chiefly responsible for shutting down star freshman Andrew Wiggins, who had just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting after averaging 24.3 points in his previous three contests.

Texas blocked 12 shots, one shy of the school record. While the Longhorns are earning plenty of attention for their recent surge - they moved up 10 spots from last week's rankings - coach Rick Barnes can point to his club's 10-11 record through 21 games last season to help keep his team grounded.

"We are a good team. But it is such a fine line between winning and losing, that if you start drinking the poison and think that you are there, it all gets away," Barnes said. "This is one game, and I want them to enjoy it because they should, but we have a long way to go."

Texas will be without sophomore guard Javan Felix due to a concussion after a hard collision with Kansas' Joel Embiid late in Saturday's contest. Felix is the club's third-leading scorer with 12.0 points per game, though he was just 3 of 14 over his last two contests with 15 points.

TCU (9-11, 0-8) remains winless in conference play despite leading for a majority of Saturday's 60-54 loss at Texas Tech and limiting the Red Raiders to 1-of-16 shooting from 3-point range.

Despite the Horned Frogs' struggles, they came in averaging just 11.3 turnovers before committing a season-high 20.

"We thought our guys gave great effort; we just came up short," coach Trent Johnson said. "Obviously we need to keep grinding and keep trying to find a way to play better basketball."

Kyan Anderson had 22 points - his sixth 20-point game this season - but TCU owns the conference's worst offense, averaging 58.6 points and shooting 38.1 percent from the field. Anderson struggled in three losses to Texas last season, averaging 7.3 points while shooting just 28.6 percent.

TCU hasn't knocked off Texas since a 102-98 result at home on Jan. 10, 1995.

The Longhorns own a 102-62 all-time series advantage.

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