LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Texas used the return of point guard Myck Kabongo to declare the start of a new season, but so far the new season is looking a lot like the old one.
The Longhorns had their starting point guard in the lineup Saturday, but it didn't do much to energize their offense. No. 14 Kansas smothered Texas and won 73-47 Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse to complete a season sweep and remain tied with Kansas State and Oklahoma State atop the Big 12 Conference standings.
Texas was swallowed up by the big-game atmosphere at Allen Fieldhouse, which had some extra buzz with former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers on hand to have his No. 15 jersey retired.
Kansas (21-4, 9-3 Big 12) limited Texas (11-14, 3-9) to 21.8 percent shooting and built a lead as large as 35 points in the second half. Travis Releford and Jeff Withey scored 15 each for the Jayhawks, with Ben McLemore scoring 13 and Elijah Johnson adding 12.
Kabongo, playing his second game since returning from a 23-game suspension handed down by the NCAA, was the only Longhorn in double figures with 13 points. Sheldon McClellan, Texas' leading scorer, finished with seven on 1-for-7 shooting.
Kansas broke the game open with a spurt to start the second half, getting seven straight points from Johnson before Releford hit a 3-pointer and finished a fast break to put the Jayhawks on top 41-19.
Kansas and Texas entered as two of the top defensive teams in college basketball, and the first 20 minutes reflected as much. The Jayhawks led 28-15 after a half that saw the Longhorns shoot 19.2 percent from the floor and go nearly nine minutes without a field goal.
Kansas outscored the Longhorns 13-1 during that stretch, building a 24-9 lead on back-to-back baskets from Kevin Young and a layup from Withey. Connor Lammert finally converted a putback to snap Texas' field goal drought with 7:05 remaining in the half, snapping a string of 11 straight misses for the Longhorns.
Things didn't get much better for the Longhorns, who incurred shot-clock violations on consecutive possessions later in the half and finished with their fewest points in a half this season.
NOTES: Kansas retired the jersey of former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers in a halftime ceremony. Chalmers, who now plays for the Miami Heat, is revered at KU for hitting the 3-pointer that forced overtime in the 2008 national title game against Memphis. KU went on to win 75-68, and Chalmers was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He holds KU's single-season record for steals and ranks second on the career list. ... Kansas entered the game leading all of Division I in field-goal percentage defense at 36.0 percent. Texas was second at 36.2 percent. ... The Longhorns debuted new Nike Hyper Elite uniforms. ... Kansas center Jeff Withey entered the game with 263 blocks in his career, one shy of the Big 12 record held by Chris Mihm of Texas. ... Texas freshman Connor Lammert started a second consecutive game after coming off the bench in the Longhorns' first 23 games.