No. 10 West Virginia outlasts Texas, 74-72

Andrew Jones drives against WVU (Will Gallagher/IT)

Against a team designed to break opponent’s composure, Shaka Smart’s young Texas Longhorns played one of their most composed games of the season against the hard-pressing West Virginia Mountaineers, led by freshman Andrew Jones’ 17 points and freshman Jarrett Allen’s game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Texas played a good all-around game, shooting 48 percent and making 78 percent of their free throws, but the Mountaineer defense forced 19 turnovers and played better than Texas did when it mattered down the stretch to defeat Texas, 74-72.

Hoops Preview: West Virginia

Shaquille Cleare (Will Gallagher/IT)

Things really seemed to be okay a week ago. Texas had just beaten Oklahoma State on Wednesday before losing a close game at Iowa State where they were in the game in the final minute against a team that had just lost by two at number one Baylor. Not where Texas fans wanted to be, but headed in the right direction.

What goes into an official visit?

Malik Jefferson. (courtesy of Jefferson family)

We get asked this question every year at this time, just as we’ll get asked ‘what goes into a junior day’ next month. Official visits are the compilation of fun, business, and atmosphere. It’s the ultimate, and most importantly, the last time a prospect gets to see your school before he decides.

Fridays in the Humidor – 1/13/17

Stan Drayton. (SI.com)

A bit of an exciting weekend looms with numerous visitors making their way to Austin as the cycle mercifully winds down. We don’t like to bother recruits while on their visit for obvious reasons but we’ll pass along anything of note we hear. Of course we’ll have a big recap when it’s all said and done.

But first, we’ll start with some light team notes and UT’s RB big board for 2018.

Thoughts on Roster Table and Roster Management: Offense

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Once you get passed some of the NFL upper-class talent Charlie Strong inherited, Mack Brown’s roster was something of a mess. This is best personified with Mack thinking Terrell Cuney was fine as the lone OL take in 2014, and the absolute retooling Strong had to do from top to bottom with regards to assembling talent at every position.

Inside the Gameplan: Herman’s Inside Zone/Power Offense

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Most coaches have favorite schemes. Good coaches can adjust to the players they have on their roster, but there’s a reason that there’s a degree of challenge involved in doing so. Every coach has schemes or a system he believes in for teaching, training, and then deploying his players. Tom Herman and Todd Orlando have a few key schemes they believe in for allowing them to make the most of the players on their roster, today we’re going to start with the foundational schemes of Herman’s offense.

Preston’s Game Thoughts: TCU

Jacob Young lays it in (Will Gallagher/IT)

When little things turn into big things. That’s been the single, most exhaustive issue for a Texas team that can’t get out of their own way this season. More than the lack of a true point guard. More than the lack of veteran leadership. More than any systemic issues. It’s the little things. And, in their aggregation, how those little things become big.