February 3, 2007

Mission Impossible?

AUSTIN, Texas -- Few would argue that Kansas State (16-6, 5-2) isn't good enough to have a legitimate chance at upsetting No. 23 Texas (16-5, 6-1), even in Austin, but there is legitimate concern whether or not the Wildcats - or anybody for that matter - are capable of containing Longhorn freshman forward Kevin Durant.

Durant is using the Big 12 Conference as his own personal playground, averaging an eye-popping 33.3 points and 14.4 rebounds a game in league play, both easily league leading numbers. The 6-foot-9 freshman is shooting 53.3 percent from the field, 83.3 percent from the free throw line and 46.9 percent from 3-point range against league foes and is coming off a game at Texas Tech in which he scored 37 points while yanking down 23 rebounds in a 76-64 win.

Texas A&M point guard Acie Law, another one of the Big 12's top offensive threats, has been able to keep a close eye on the superstar at his rival school, and Law has been impressed, to say the least.

"He's the hottest thing going right now," Law said. "He's a phenomenal player."

Law isn't alone in that thinking.

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