Partway through its Big 12 Conference basketball slate, Texas’ place in the simplest offensive and defensive statistics tell two different stories. Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s team is in the top 40 in scoring defense and 226th in the nation in scoring offense.
So you want to fire the coach, huh? Well, congratulations, you are now one of the Masses. I was too. Still am, sometimes.
There was a return to the mean for both Texas and Texas Tech in the second half of Saturday’s game. After a first half where the Longhorns kept up with the No. 8 Red Raiders, Texas Tech played up to the level of a top ten team in the second half while Shaka Smart’s Longhorns were haunted by their typical miscues in a 68-62 loss.
Notes for 2019, while pondering the fact that Texas Tech fired a coach who only a few short weeks later became a head coach in the National Football League…
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.
AUSTIN — Texas has three games in the Erwin Center remaining before Big 12 play begins against Kansas State on January 2nd of the new year.
The November edition of Inside Texas Magazine includes a feature on Lil’Jordan Humphrey, recaps from Texas’ last stretch of games, and more from the Inside Texas staff.