It started in the loss at TCU, oddly enough. Prior to that game in Fort Worth, the 6’3 freshman combo guard had taken only 40 shots inside the arc and hit 16 of them (40%). Over that same period, he had attempted 54 three point shots, making 17 (31%).
Defensively, that’s about as good as we can play a zone. Ramey and Coleman were active up top and Jaxson did a nice job of staying under control in the lane when ISU flashed there. If we can get that type of energy with spatial awareness from our two guys up top, there’s a chance that zone could continue to help.
As strange as it is to claim that a game against a 6-8 opponent is a big one, this is exactly the kind of game that Texas has to win in year four of Shaka’s tenure.
It was a bit closer than I assumed it would be, but Texas’ win over the Moutaineers has them sitting at 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference (the first 2-0 start in the Big 12 since J’Covan, Jordan, Tristan, Gary and Cory were manning the starting lineup for the Horns).
KenPom had Kansas State rated #34 before Texas’ win last night. The Horns 20 point win dropped the Wildcats down to 42.
Hindsight being what it is, the Texas Longhorns’ three game losing streak against MSU, Radford and VCU was altogether avoidable. Two-and-one was right there for the taking. Heck, for awhile in the first half against MSU, it looked like 3-0 was going to happen.
Tomorrow night, Texas steps back on the court for the first time since their time in Las Vegas where a win/loss against UNC/MSU saw the Longhorns catapult all the way up to #17 in both the AP and Coaches’ polls.
This game really shouldn’t be close, but we’ve made things tough on ourselves in both games already, so we’ll see.
Here’s a few things I’ll be looking for.
This was one of those weird games where the good was particularly good and the bad was alarmingly bad, so it’s been an interesting evening/morning of processing the game.
If you’ve been listening to our Pretend We’re Football Podcast (and judging by the analytic numbers…you haven’t), you’d know that one of the reasons for some of the heightened expectations this season is Texas’ quasi-veteran laden lineup.