Against the top team in the Big 12 ranked No. 18 in the country, Texas looked to be trading punches with Kansas State throughout the first half. The Longhorns scored 24 of its 39 first half points in the paint choosing to eschew outside shots and instead driving against the Wildcat defense.
Texas head coach Shaka Smart met with the media yesterday ahead of the Longhorns’ match-up with Big 12 leading Kansas State.
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%).
AUSTIN – The Texas Longhorns had a simple task facing them Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center: beat Baylor.
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.
AUSTIN — A Big 12 loss at home against Kansas would not have been the résumé-tanker the loss at Georgia was, but it would have been another tally in the loss column for a team that for multiple reasons, needed the win.
The win provided a résumé-booster instead, as the Longhorns defeated the No. 11 Jayhawks 73-63 behind a 16-point performance from Dylan Osetkowski.
AUSTIN, TX — Following UT’s loss against TCU, head coach Shaka Smart’s team was presented with the unique opportunity to play a non-conference game well into the Big 12 season.
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.