As Matt Coleman’s potential game-winning three-point shot bounced off the iron, it was the culmination of a stretch where the Longhorns turned the ball over eight times over the last eight minutes, including four times in the final four.
As a high school prospect, Jase Febres was known for his quick-release shooting stroke. His ability to make shots at a regular rate was expected to be an important part of an offense last year that drew a lot of attention inside to lottery pick Mohamed Bamba.
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.
For Texas, it was a good thing college games are 40 minutes long rather than 34. For 34 minutes on Monday, Texas was even with the ULM Warhawks, a team 218 spots behind them in the Kenpom advanced metrics.
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.
For Westlake seven-footer Will Baker, the Longhorns’ past successes with big men, the makeup of the current team, the plan to use his unique skillset and Texas’ appeal outside of the gym ultimately led him to commit to his hometown school.
AUSTIN — The more he thought about it, the more it became clear that Texas was home.
Will Baker, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center from Austin Westlake, chose to stay home and committed to the Longhorns today.
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.
The opening game in Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s fourth season was a night of several firsts.
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.