LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Perhaps the loss at Villanova on Saturday served as a wakeup call for Kansas.
Wayne Simien led four players in double figures with a season-high 27 points as No. 7 Kansas pounded 13th-ranked Texas, 90-65, in a Big 12 Conference matchup.
After starting the season with 14 wins, the Jayhawks were pasted, 83-62, in Philadelphia by the Wildcats. Kansas responded with an 86-66 victory at Baylor on Tuesday and an impressive performance against Texas in this one for its 19th straight home victory.
"We were better this Saturday than we were last Saturday," coach Bill Self said. "But that is basketball and college athletics for you. I would say that we played really well. I think we defended really well, we executed well, and we got shots that we wanted."
Simien, who was 11-of-17 from the floor and added six rebounds, scored 15 points in the first half as the Jayhawks held a 43-28 lead at the break. Kansas (16-1, 6-0 Big 12) built the lead by holding Texas to 41 percent (11-of-27) shooting and forcing 11 turnovers.
"The last few times against Texas we were manhandled, so coach challenged us to come out and attack them in all areas," said Simien of the Longhorns's two-game sweep last season. "I think that we came out early and set the tone. ... I think this was probably the best game that we have played all year in all areas."
The Jayhawks continued the rout in the the second half.
Aaron Miles and J.R. Giddens hit 3-pointers that pushed the advantage to 51-30 two minutes in, and Texas never got closer than 17 the rest of the way. A layup by Keith Langford gave the Jayhawks their biggest lead, 82-54, with four minutes remaining.
"One thing we did have tonight for the entire game was effort and a lot of teams would roll over, but our guys didn't," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We just have to cut down our turnovers. Our offense got us in trouble early in the game. They (Kansas) got it going and played really well."
Langford scored 18 points. Miles added 10 and eight assists and Giddens added 10 and five for Kansas, which shot 50 percent (36-of-72) from the floor.
"I am most pleased with J.R. and Keith for combining for 10 assists and only one turnover," Self said. "That's the kind of effort we should get from these guys. ... Aaron was as good as he has been all year tonight."
Kansas held Texas to 37 percent (22-of-60) while forcing 20 turnovers. The Longhorns (15-5, 4-3), who entered the game shooting 41.5 percent from the arc, shot 4-of-23 in this one.
"It was the best defensive game that we played all year," Simien said. "Everyone was on the same page. It was definitely a collective effort. We just started to click. ... This is nothing new to us in a big-time atmosphere and that helps the intensity."
Daniel Gibson scored 19 points and Jason Klotz and Kenton Paulino chipped in 12 apiece for Texas, which is 0-7 all-time on the road against Kansas.