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‘Eager’ Jayhawks to take on Texas on Thursday: ‘We should have continued the streak’

After failing to win the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time in 15 seasons, Kansas’ basketball team Thursday begins its quest for a ninth conference postseason tournament title in the 16-year Bill Self era.

“I do think there will be a sense of urgency,” Self said, referring to his No. 17-ranked players who take a 23-8 record and No. 3 seeding into a quarterfinal clash against Texas (16-15). Tipoff is approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Sprint Center.

“I think they’ll be very excited to a part of this and go roll the dice.”

Self’s Jayhawks have won the tournament eight times and lost in the finals once.