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  1. ***Game Thread: Baylor vs Texas***

    Via Texas Sports Texas (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) vs. Baylor (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 - 8 p.m. Central Frank Erwin Center (16,540) - Austin, Texas GameDay Quick Facts • TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Bob Wischusen (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Gene Wojciechowski (reporter) will call the action. • RADIO: The Longhorn IMG Radio Network broadcasts every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game. • SERIES: Texas leads, 162-89. Last meeting: Baylor 69-60 (Jan. 6, 2018; Waco). Notables • HOME SUCCESS: Texas sports an 11-3 mark in games played at the Frank Erwin Center this season entering Monday's contest. The Longhorns have won three straight league home games against AP Top 20 opponents (defeating No. 16 TCU, No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 12 Oklahoma). • IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN: Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this year with his 23-point effort (two shy of his career high) at TCU on Saturday. He leads the Big 12 Conference in rebounding (10.6 rpg), blocks (98) and double-doubles (12) and ranks second nationally in blocks per game (4.08 bpg). • DAVIS JR. PROVIDES SPARK: Junior guard Eric Davis Jr. is averaging 11.7 ppg while hitting 43.6% (24-55) from three-point range in 31.3 mpg over the last 10 contests. He has reached double figures in six of those 10 games, including a 16-point effort (6-8 FG, 3-3 threes) in 31 minutes on Saturday at TCU.
  2. ***Game Thread: Texas vs TCU***

    Via Texas Sports Texas (15-9, 5-6 Big 12) at TCU (16-8, 4-7 Big 12) Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 - 1 p.m. Central Schollmaier Arena (6,800) - Fort Worth, Texas GameDay Quick Facts • TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Lowell Galindo (pxp) and Reid Gettys (analyst) will call the action. • RADIO: The Longhorn IMG Radio Network broadcasts every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game. • SERIES: Texas leads, 108-65. Last meeting: Texas 99-98 2ot (Jan. 10, 2018; Austin). Notables • RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST TCU: Texas has won 13 of the last 16 and 17 of the last 21 meetings against the Horned Frogs entering Saturday's contest. The Longhorns posted a dramatic 99-98 double-overtime win in Austin earlier this season (Jan. 10). • BAMBA SEEING DOUBLE: Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba recorded his 12th double-double of the season with his 18-point, 12-rebound effort in Wednesday's game against Kansas State. Bamba has registered seven double-doubles in his first 11 Big 12 Conference games and nine double-doubles in his last 13 games. • SEEKING ANOTHER ROAD WIN: After posting an 0-11 mark in true road games last season, the Longhorns won their first three road contests to start this year (posting wins at VCU, Alabama and Iowa State). Texas has dropped four consecutive Big 12 Conference road games entering Saturday's contest in Fort Worth.
  3. After notching back to back wins for the first time in over a month, Texas (14-7, 4-4) will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech (17-4, 5-3). In the first meeting between the two teams on January 17th, the Longhorns defeated the Red Raiders 67-58 behind a 20 point performance from Kerwin Roach. The two teams will battle again, with Texas hoping to notch a resume boosting road win over the 10th ranked team in the country. Following the loss to Texas, Texas Tech was blown out by Iowa State (70-52), before bouncing back and recording victories over Oklahoma State (75-70) and South Carolina (70-63). In the victory over the Gamecocks, point guard Keenan Evans finished with 31 points. The Longhorns held Evans in check during the team’s first matchup in Austin, holding the senior to 11 points and 0-5 from three. Fellow guard Jarrett Culver has emerged as the second scoring option. Culver is averaging 10.6 points per game, including a 16 point performance against the Longhorns 2 weeks ago. The Red Raiders continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 62.1 points per game and 39.1% shooting from the field. In victories over Iowa State and Ole Miss, Texas got a dominating performance from center Mo Bamba. The freshman poured in 24 points against the Cyclones before following it up with a career high 25 points against the Rebels. Along with improved play from Bamba, Shaka Smart also emphasized the need for the Longhorns to continue playing good defense, especially against a Red Raiders team that can score in bunches. “To create success for our team, it must start on the defensive end. It must start with a level of mental toughness and a commitment to all the small details that go into defending a team like Texas Tech,” Smart said. The Longhorns hope to continue their upward trajectory against Texas Tech and leading up to Saturday’s matchup at home against Oklahoma. Tip off will be at 8 PM CST and the game will be broadcasted on ESPNU. Follow along here at HornSports for live updates.
  4. The Longhorns played Kentucky only one time prior to tonight’s matchup in Lexington and that was twenty-one years ago in Maui. Texas lost that matchup 86-61 and hoped to even the series with the perennial hoops powerhouse on their own court tonight, despite being without star point guard Isaiah Taylor. It didn’t happen. The Longhorns outplayed a poor-shooting Kentucky team in the first half and dominated the Wildcats on the boards, holding the lead for most of the half. At the under-five mark Jonathan Holmes was called for a flagrant foul, which changed to game momentum and propelled the Wildcats to a 6-0 run. Texas held ground with the top-ranked team at the half with a 26-26 tie. The second half was a different story for Kentucky. And for Texas. The Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the half and the Longhorns went more than 5 minutes without a bucket. Kentucky held the lead for the entire second half, increasing its largest lead of the game to 14 points at the under nine mark. The Longhorns would eventually charge back, cutting the Kentucky lead to 5 points with 1:44 left on a pair of free throws made by Jonathan Holmes. Kentucky would hold on and beat Texas 63-51, its second win over a Top-10 ranked opponent on the season (The Wildcats won handily over the Jayhawks 72-40 last month). The Longhorns turned the ball over 22 times, giving up 19 points off those turnovers. In the end Texas shot 29.8% from the field while Kentucky shot 37.5% Foul trouble plagued the Longhorns most of the night, ending with the fouling-out of both Cameron Ridley and Myles Turner. Jonathan Holmes and Prince Ibeh each finished with 4 fouls. Holmes led all Longhorns in scoring with 14 points and Kentucky’s Willey Cauley-Steins led all scorers with 21 points. Despite the team’s foul troubles, Texas proved they can compete with one of the highest caliber teams in the country – on the road, even without Isaiah Taylor. The final score was a double-digit lead for the Wildcats, but the game was much closer than the score indicates. Texas fans should continue to have high expectations from this team because they have all the tools to succeed this season. Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (7-1) will enjoy an eight day break before facing Texas State at home.
  5. Jonathan Holmes nailed a 3-point shot with 4.4 seconds left to lead the #7 Longhorns over the #24 Huskies 54-54 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. https://vine.co/v/OnPYrbT5pxZ UCONN’s Ryan Boatright led all scorers with 24 points and Jonathan Holmes led the Longhorns in scoring with 13 points. Texas took a 31-25 point lead into the locker room at the half, but mid-way through the second half Connecticut would take the lead on a layup by Boatright. The Huskies would hold the lead until Holmes' 3-pointer. The Longhorns would steal the ball with 2 seconds left, picking up a nice road win to add to their tournament resume early in the season. UCONN's Boatright was injured on the last play of the game and suffered a sprained ankle. Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland each finished with 10 points while freshman Myles Turner came off the bench to score 7 points and grab 5 rebounds. The Longhorns shot 35 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 30.4 percent. Texas (6-0) will face UT-Arlington on Tuesday in Austin before travelling to Lexington to face the top-ranked Wildcats on 12/5.
  6. According to Evan Daniels at Scout.com, five-star big man Elijah Thomas has trimmed his list to 6. The 6 schools that made the cut are Texas A&M, SMU, UNLV, LSU, Illinois & Oklahoma St. Texas made his top 10 & was thought to be in good shape with Thomas. The 6-foot-9, 240 pound C currently attends Lancaster after also attending Prime Prep Academy & Rockwall. He is rated at the 17th best player in the nation by 247sports composite score.
  7. Questions Answered!

    Contributors: Sean Adams, Aaron Carrara, Matt Cotcher, Mike Garland (J.B. TexasEx) Any confirmation on the suspensions of Daje, Estelle, and Harrison? If so, for how long? There continues to be contradicting reports on these three. Even our folks close to the team have differing views. The majority of those folks seems to think that all three players are waiting on grades from the 2nd summer school session to be released. It's something we're tracking closely. (UTPhil2006) Percentage of landing Malik Jefferson? Honestly, this one is shaping up as a coin flip. It’s a three horse race between Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor (even though he tweeted earlier Thursday night that he plans on visiting Oklahoma this weekend). Jefferson has been hanging out with Gilmer CB Kris Boyd (part of the original Fab 5) a lot lately and both are “planning” on visiting Texas A&M together the second weekend of August. The longer his recruitment plays out the more it benefits the Horns. (UTPhil2006) Do we have even an outside shot at Kendall Sheffield? There is always a shot, especially when dealing with high school kids. That being said, the chance of getting Sheffield is slim...really slim. He’s been all A&M since the middle of May. (UTPhil2006) Why Florida and not LSU, Bama, or more specifically Auburn for Daylon Mack's 2nd (of 2) official visit? Because it’s Florida…what high school kid wouldn’t want to take a trip to Florida, on Florida’s dime? Despite being down recently, Florida has a lot of appeal and Muschamp connects with defensive recruits pretty well. (UTPhil2006) Main targets for the 2015 basketball recruiting class? How many spots will we have? The coaching staff is in a tough spot…they could have several guys leave after this season, or Holmes could be the only departure (graduation). The coaches are keyed in on three shooting guards (including Matt McQuaid who we mentioned last week), which is also curious considering the current log jam on the roster. The guess here is that they will prioritize those three guards over the next 30 days and only sign one this Fall. Whether they sign a second player will depend on some conversations with the current roster that will be happening before practices start. (PeteA422) After all the talk of the (alleged) suspensions, and the guys that were dismissed from the team, what is the take from the rest of the team regarding everything that is going on and how is everyone on the team responding? I think we all know Diggs is on board with all of this. The thing that everyone needs to understand is that the players have really bought into the team concept that the coaches have built. When you workout, run, sweat, lift and practice with the same guys, you start to feel a brotherhood together (instead of being an assembled group of talented athletes). This team is about winning. That is the goal. At this point anyone that is taking away from that goal needs to go. Most of the team is on board with this staff. (lsampson) Will Hornsports have an official tailgate this year for home games? In previous years Horn Sports helped sponsor an existing tailgate but it is time to take the next step. Horn Sports is working on putting together tailgates for home games this season. As soon as they’re arranged, our members will be the first to know! (UTPhil2006) Any rumors on who will replace Kaylee Hartung? ESPN has filled the position. All we can say at this point is that you won't be disappointed. (lsampson) Are there any mystery recruits out there that we're not hearing about now that may shoot up the rankings soon? Two 2016’s come to mind: - Carthage tight end Marquise Guinn (6-4, 225) is a physical blocker that has good hands. He has room to grow with his frame. Started for 3A state champion Carthage as a sophomore; is also a 160+’ thrower in the discus. - Corrigan-Camden linebacker La’Darius Hamilton (6-2, 220) doesn’t get a lot of love because he plays for a smaller school but he is as physical as they come in the middle. Even though he’s a middle linebacker he does a good job sideline-to-sideline. (MikeV73) Is Chris Warren just waiting for the right time? He seems to be very in tune with UT recruiting news with tweets. Hope he is just wasting other schools money taking recruiting trips with a plan to commit to Strong and Co. This is a case of a kid enjoying the recruiting process and taking his time making a decision that will be the biggest of his young life. Texas, along with Oregon, Virginia, Stanford and Wisconsin are his top five and when signing day comes he will sign with one of these schools. I’d say all five schools are about even with Texas holding the slight edge with it being the only in-state school. Warren has recently visited Stanford and Virginia and plans on taking a trip to Oregon in the near future. (SFlonghorngirl) Any other Louisiana recruits we're targeting besides Patterson? Patterson is obviously the big one out of Louisiana that Texas wants but Louisiana is loaded with talent that the Horns are targeting. 2015 OLB Bo Wallace from John Curtus has a Texas offer and his showing a ‘decent’ amount of interest (but that’s all it is right now). He visited Austin back in April. 2016 wide receiver Mykel Jones (Patterson, LA) joins Shea Patterson as two of 2016’s top targets from the Bayou State that are receiving interest from Texas. It’s early in the recruitment process for him but speculation is that Florida State and LSU lead and his home state is his top choice. And of course there’s commit Garrett Thomas from Many, LA. Another high school to keep an eye on is University Lab School (U-High) in Baton Rouge. It’s home to LSU commit Dylan Moses (2017 prospect that already has a Texas offer), Cornerbacks Malik Jefferson and Tre Jackson (2016) and RB Nick Brosette (2015). Reports are that Brosette has genuine interest in Texas, but LSU leads. Also keep an eye out for OT Adrian Ealy in the ’17 class at U-High. Coach Chad Mahaffey is doing some really good things at the program. (texasdobbs) Who is your projected defense, offense MVP's? Who will be a surprise dark horse player? For this team to achieve it's goals, Malcolm Brown (offense) and Malcom Brown (defense) need to be the MVP's on their respective sides. There aren't two other players with a bigger opportunity to impact the other 10 players on their unit. Other guys might have better stat lines, but it will be because of the job those two are doing. For our dark horse pick, we'll take tight end Geoff Swaim It's been years since Texas had an impact player at his position, but he's worked hard all Summer and is in position to make a contribution. (MikeV73) The Denton Guyer QB in class of 2017- hasn't played a down yet I think, is he wowing at camps to garner all of the positive mojo? Shawn Robinson has potential written all over him. He was impressive enough at the Under the Lights camp to pick up an offer from Strong. While it’s true that Robinson hasn’t taken a snap for Guyer yet, he did play as a freshman at his old school, Saginaw Chisholm Trail. Last season, Robinson threw for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns (7 int’s), and ran for 624 yards and 6 td’s. Robinson has to fill the void at Guyer left by Jerrod Heard. Guyer’s first game is against Allen – a team led by quarterback Kyler Murray, a Texas A&M commitment. (MikeV73) Is Dylan Mack playing possum or has written off UT, you make the call. Official visits to A&M and Florida? Florida, where did this come from? More wackiness from our esteemed DT recruit who seems to become more narcissistic as this process drags on. For our thoughts on the UF visit, read above. As far as his commitment to A&M, the narcissisitic thought is overboard. Think of Mack as an 18-year old without a filter – whatever is on his mind is what comes out of his mouth. And, although he’s verbally committed, a poor season in College Station and some key recruits pledging in Austin might be enough to sway his mind. Although he’s mentioned several SEC schools, we don’t think he’ll end up out of state.
  8. The Texas basketball program received an enormous boost earlier this week when Myles Turner announced his intent to attend UT. Not only does Turner improve the prospects for next season, his commitment serves as an exclamation point on a season when Texas hoops returned to the national stage. Turner's announcement was broadcast on live television and is still being celebrated in Austin. Fans, coaches, his future teammates, and even - everyone is excited by the news. But when it comes down to it, who stands to gain the most by Turner's decision to join the Horns? Is it Rick Barnes? Is it Cameron Ridley? After reading, be sure to let us know what you think.... Don't overthink this - it's Rick Barnes - Sean Adams It is Rick Barnes and I’m not sure it is that close. Depending on which list you look at, Myles Turner is anywhere from the 2nd to 10th ranked player in the country. He is the highest ranked player that has signed with Texas since Avery Bradley signed with the Longhorns in 2009 out of Findley Prep. He is the first 5-star players since Myck Kabongo signed with Texas in 2011. Between 2009 and 2011 Texas signed five 5-star players. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 they signed one – Myles Turner. Rick Barnes needed Myles Turner to announce to the country that he is still here and that Texas got sidetracked for a bit but is ready to stake their claim as a Top 10 team. Texas recruits were watching and we have all read and heard about the whole roster returning in 2014/2015. Adding Turner to the mix makes Texas a Top 10 school. Nothing succeeds like success and adding Turner to the mix put more folks on alert that those that wrote of Rick Barnes and his tenure at Texas were wrong. Hell even Texas Director of Athletics Steve Patterson got so excited about Rick Barnes that he committed a minor NCAA infraction by sending out a tweet. Not so fast! - Matt Cotcher Everyone automatically thinks the commitment from Myles Turner means the most to Rick Barnes and the Longhorn program. While I won't deny it's all-encompassing impact, there is one big thing that's being overlooked..... ...and I do mean B-I-G Go ahead and roll your eyes. Just make sure it's because of the bad pun and not because Cam Ridley is a better choice than Rick Barnes.... For starters, Ridley is going to practice against Turner daily for the next 12 months. The best way to prep for an NBA career is to face an NBA-style body every day in practice. At 18 years old, Turner may not have a pro game yet but his 6'11" frame and that 7'3" wingspan are exactly the kind of challenge that Ridley needs. In fact, most of the players with that kind of physique find a spot at the end of an NBA bench - not even a D-League practice will do as much for Ridley as one on the 40 Acres will. Now that you're nodding your head in begrudging agreement, consider what adding Turner does for offensive spacing...First, acknowledge that at the end of last season, teams were sagging on defense so they could collapse quickly on the post when Ridley caught the ball. Opponents learned that physical play seemed to throw Ridley off his game. With Turner on the floor, opponents will be forced to respect the outside jump shot. If they sag towards the block, then Turner and Holmes will burn them with easy jumpers. Turner's presence on the defensive end is equally beneficial to Ridley. Knowing that he has weakside help with an 87" wingspan will enable Ridley to be much more aggressive in defending the low block. In summary, Ridley gets to practice against an NBA body. Plus he has an NBA talent that is going to make him look better on both offense and defense. Basically, the next 12 months will be like the NBA Draft Camp. (insert infomercial voice) BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! (/infomercial voice) Courtesy of Turner, there will be NBA scouts at every one of the Longhorn games next season. That's right, when Ridley is looking good, he's going to have the Association's eyes there to see it. And while the scouts are savvy enough to realize that Ridley is benefiting from having Turner at both ends of the floor, they also know that he'll be surrounded by those kinds of guys night in and night out in the NBA. It's actually better for them to see Ridley like this.
  9. Great piece on Kevin Durant from Corey Elliott - MR. RELIABLE (FYI, Corey Elliot is a contributor for HornSports.com. He is a Senior Writer at the Indy Sports Report and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Pacers and has full media access. Follow Corey on Twitter - @CoreyElliot)
  10. Mr. Reliable

    We are all guilty of missing the beauty and brilliance of something rare. Even when we are there, in the moment, watching it unfold in front of us, the significance of those moments is elusive. Kevin Durant expressed his relief that the regular season ended along with his historic scoring streak and questions about the MVP race. In fact, throughout most of this season the 25-year old, six-year pro expressed disconcert with the entire conversation. As the NBA Playoffs began and all of those questions ceased, there was a new question emerging in my mind: I wonder if we all realize what we witnessed this season? After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 102-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers during the last week of the regular season, I asked Durant if he was relieved that the debate and the speculation were all but over. “A lot of people outside of the locker room talk about the accolades and the individual match up (with LeBron) but that’s just a part of the game. I just try to tune all that stuff out and try to worry about the betterment of the team,†Durant said in regards to MVP conversations. Durant has been a stand-up guy since he set foot on a basketball court. From his time at Texas, through his rookie season in Seattle and during the time he has spent on the Thunder there has never been a question about the person Durant is, let alone the basketball player he has become. But within himself, as expressed in a 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, Durant has questions about why he is always second in nearly every category and achievement to date. When Durant was at Texas, he averaged 26.8 PPG and 11.1 RPG—that’s a double-double average, folks. And his assists average that was just above one per-game has blossomed since his debut in the association in 2008. Durant has spent countless hours to become what he is right now. The tall, gangly kid from Seat Pleasant, Maryland wasn’t even on the national radar heading into his freshmen year at Texas like the other freshmen that have since been glorified. That role was taken by Indianapolis’ Greg Oden. When the two finished their freshmen years, it was Durant who won the Naismith and the Wooden awards, Texas’ second ever recipient of both (T.J. Ford 2002-2003). The NBA draft was no different, Oden went first Durant went second, and by the time KD emerged as a perennial All Star, LeBron was peaking and on his way to South Beach, stealing all of Durant’s thunder—no pun intended. It's irrelevant if he doesn’t admit that discontent these days; just like it wouldn’t have mattered if he never mentioned it in an SI article. However, somewhere along his life, beyond his motivation to play for his childhood coach, Kevin Durant was inspired to perform far beyond the realm of reality for most aspiring basketball players. A year after losing the MVP race to LeBron James and being bounced from the NBA playoffs before the Finals, Durant can check one off the list as he will likely be the NBA’s 2013-14 MVP. The award would accompany his fourth scoring title in a five-year span — in 2012 Durant had the most points but did not average the most per game. This season, Durant’s RPG and APG were just under LeBron’s rebound and assist averages from his 2012 and 2013 MVP seasons, while his PPG were four and five points higher. Durant won this year’s scoring title by the game’s third-highest margin since 1970. Durant averaged 32 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 5.5 APG. He scored 25-or-more points in 41 games and during that time scored 30-or-more points in 12-straight games. During his 41-game streak, Durant actually averaged 38 PPG shooting 54.4% from the field. Here is Durant’s shooting chart during the 41-game span: Just as has been said about Magic Johnson, LeBron James and Michael Jordan, there may never be another player quite like Durant. Essentially a seven-footer, his scoring abilities are the best the game has ever seen. Let me reiterate that, Kevin Durant is the best, pure scorer the game of basketball has ever seen. The focus, mentality and determination to continue improving is evident and for 29 other NBA teams and the many players across the league, that’s the scariest thought ever. Because at 25-years old, Kevin Durant hasn’t even hit his actual prime, yet. He is merely getting started, people. For Durant, there are multiple MVP’s on deck and the chance at as many NBA titles. While LeBron is the undisputed best player on the planet — with four more seasons on Durant, he may want to maintain his unbelievable level of play for far more seasons to come. James needs to keep chasing those NBA championships—you know, not one, not two, not three, etc. along with as many MVP’s as possible. Because if we wake up in 14 years on a summer day in June to a press conference of No.35 hanging it up for good, I won’t be shocked if we are watching one of, if not the best ever, retire from the game of basketball. Hey, we can debate it about LeBron, why can’t we say it about KD? Corey Elliot is a contributor for HornSports.com. He is a Senior Writer at the Indy Sports Report and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Pacers and has full media access. Follow Corey on Twitter - @CoreyElliot
  11. Solid info from Chris Flanagan on the meaning of Myles Turner's commitment.
  12. Myles and Myles of Texas

    On Tuesday afternoon, Myles Turner ended months of speculation by announcing his collegiate choice. Turner will play basketball for Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. From Trinity High (Euless, TX), Turner is a dynamic prospect that is rated as highly as No. 2 in the country (ESPN). In his senior season, Turner led Trinity to a district championship by averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks per game. Standing at 6’11” and 240 pounds, Trinity’s five-star Center was the focus of speculation across the country because of his anticipated impact on next year’s national championship picture. Turner whittled his list of college choices to seven or eight schools, all of which surely talked about his ability to help them cut down the nets. Basketball royalty like Duke and Kentucky were eventually not considered as competition for his final three schools – Kansas, SMU and Texas. SMU’s hoops program is surging under Head Coach Larry Brown. The Mustangs finished last season as runner’s up in the NIT tournament and have parlayed their recent successes into a commitment from elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Quite frankly, Brown and SMU needed Turner to make a hometown choice. At SMU, Turner could have been the transformative player that vaults the Mustangs to relevance on the national basketball scene. At the other end of the spectrum were the Kansas Jayhawks. KU’s roster is loaded with premier talent, including enough talented front court players for some experts to question whether there would be enough minutes available if Turner went to Lawrence. But the Jayhawks have won at least a share of 10 consecutive Big 12 titles, and routinely transform talented prep players into first round NBA draft picks. In terms of prestige, tradition and reputation, Turner would have been foolish not to strongly consider KU. But sometimes no matter how good the extremes look on the spectrum, the sweet spot is right in the middle – precisely where the Texas Longhorns positioned themselves. Texas offered some of the attraction of Kansas and part of the charm of SMU. Combine that with being a 3-hour drive from home (plenty close enough for Mom and Dad to see games) and the Horns were the logical choice. Digging deeper reveals a 2014-15 Texas roster that returns every single player from last season. Considering that the team played well enough to exceed expectations and Coach Barnes won coach of the year honors, all those returnees already have folks whispering about next season…and this is Texas where next season always means football season. Returning every starter from last season played a role in Turner's decision. (photo credit: usatoday.com) Deeper still, there was the exemplary case of Cameron Ridley at Barnes’ disposal. Ridley was a Top 100 recruit coming out of Houston’s Fort Bend Bush High School but the college game overwhelmed him. Texas’ new big man was not ready for the physical demands of the college game and averaged less than five points and rebounds per game. Ridley even struggled to catch the ball cleanly throughout his freshman season and converted free throws at an abysmal 33%. (cue Todd Wright – enter stage, left) Ridley dropped more than 30 pounds before his sophomore season. In his second year, he posted 10 double-doubles, shot 62% from the free throw line and demonstrated a physical, low-post offensive game that he lacked during his freshman campaign. It wasn't just green vegetables that transformed Ridley’s game - it was his own hard work and dedication combined with the supervision of Head Strength Coach Todd Wright. Snap back to present day and that example has to weigh heavily on the mind of a player like Myles Turner. Like Ridley, Turner dominates high school competition based on his physical attributes. Unlike Ridley, Turner’s challenge will be to add weight when he arrives on the 40 Acres. Also unlike Ridley, Turner recognized flaws in his style of play. Wanting to be more than a shot blocker, Turner set about developing his offensive game early in his high school career. A solid low-block game aided by a good jump shot were the initial steps. Next came work on offensive moves while facing the basket and learning to attack the rim. Then came a well-timed growth spurt of more than four inches and 20 pounds. In four years at Trinity High, Turner gained more than 50 pounds. Voila! Basketball phenom! Realistically, Turner is light years ahead on the development curve and Wright hasn’t had a chance to sprinkle fairy dust on him yet. But, when weighing the allure of KU against Texas it is impossible to overstate the value of Wright or Barnes’ track record with draft-able talent. Is Texas on par with Kansas? Absolutely not. Did Texas approximate Kansas’ advantages while also being close enough for Mom and Dad to drive to every home game? Absolutely. Even though it appears like he emerged from the same physical-superfreak mold as Kevin Durant (Turner's favorite player), Turner is not the pure jump shooter that Durant is. Longhorns fans should think of another ex-player when trying to envision Turner’s abilities - his style of play is much more similar to LaMarcus Aldridge. With good range on a jumper that extends out to the perimeter, and low post moves that are similar to Aldridge, Turner’s offensive style should only be described as ‘versatile’. Rick Barnes now has a matchup nightmare to lineup alongside Ridley. (photo credit: brownsvilleherald.com) Turner is also a good fit for Barnes’ proclivity for defensive play. Beyond being a willing defender, Turner is a shot blocking machine. Not only will his offensive versatility give Barnes plenty of options, Turner’s game-changing defensive skills will alter how opposing players attack the Texas basket. Twice a week Turner participates in strength workouts conducted by personal trainers. He’s also improved his basketball skills in workouts supervised by John Lucas. Neither of those facts stop Turner from listing ‘increasing strength’ and ‘refining offensive moves with back facing the basket’ as his two top goals for improvement during his freshman season. Between Texas’ recent history of placing players in the NBA; Austin’s proximity to his home; having Todd Wright on staff; Jai Lucas’ support of the program; and a budding relationship with a Texas roster that returns 100% of it’s players, there were too many logical advantages for Myles Turner to do anything except choose the Longhorns. But the one reason not listed yet, may be the one that elicits the most smiles from Texas alumni. Turner was quoted as saying, “No matter where I go, I’m going to get a good education,” adding that, “I want somebody that’s going to work with me. If I had the opportunity to one-and-done or two-and-done, I want to come back and work on my degree.” The University of Texas and Myles Turner sound like a perfect match.
  13. What does it mean? - Myles Turner Analysis

    On Wednesday, the Texas Longhorns basketball program grabbed the spotlight on the national stage when they received the commitment of big man Myles Turner. Turner is the No. 4 overall recruit for the 2014 basketball recruiting class according to 247sports. What does this commitment mean for the Texas program? 1. High expectations Whether it's in academics or in athletics, everyone has high expectations on the 40 acres - high expectations is the standard. The difference now is that those same high expectations extend nationally for the Texas Longhorns. Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com says that Texas is a solid top 10 team. These basketball expectations are the standard a football school dreams about but rarely realizes. Unlike football, basketball is a long season - particularly so when carrying the mantle of national expectations. Especially early in the season, I expect the Longhorns to drop a few games that they're favored to win. However, doing so won't remove them from the conversation for a regular season Big 12 title, a conference tournament championship or even a potential trip to the Final 4. 2. Cameron Ridley is skipping all throughout campus photo credit: zimbio.net Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but he has to be a very happy guy right now. Ridley's offensive forte is strictly on the low post - he doesn't step out and make jump shots like Myles Turner. Having Turner in the Texas offense is going to stretch defenses, in the same way Jonathan Holmes did this season when his shots were falling. The key for Cameron Ridley now is that he'll have both Turner and Holmes with him on the floor. The spacing those matchups create will undoubtedly result in more one-on-one scenarios for Ridley on the post. Then he'll have options to score or kick it out to a teammate for an assist. Essentially the double teams that collapsed on Ridley in 2014 simply aren't going to be able to do so in 2015. 3. A lockdown on the border? While everyone loves Kevin Durant, Avery Bradley and Tristan Thompson, they were not players from the state of Texas. Very good players that Texas needed but Longhorns fans love players from their home state. The State of Texas is regularly producing elite basketball talent, and while Rick Barnes must avoid chemistry problems (2013 comes to mind), he needs to target the blue chip Texas prospects and keep them from leaving the state. The scholarship numbers and recruiting in basketball is tremendously different than football. Whether it's from a perception or a roster perspective, Texas can't afford to miss on elite Texas talent and then have them play in Lawrence, KS. Turner's commitment will ease the concerns of Texas prospects similar to the effect that TJ Ford had for the program. Regardless of the outcome of the 2014-2015 season, Myles Turner was a big win for the Texas Longhorns.
  14. On Thursday, it was reported by Jeff Ermann of InsideMDsports.com that former Maryland sophomore Shaquille Cleare has signed with the University of Texas men's basketball team. At 6'9" and 265 pounds, Cleare played Center for the Terps. Cleare was highly recruited out of high school, but that potential did not materialize during his two years at Maryland. After starting most of his freshman season, the low post man saw his role reduced to bench player around the halfway point of his sophomore year. Although his offensive post game is relatively underdeveloped, Cleare does shoot a good percentage (56.5%) from the field. Contrast that with a marginal free throw percentage at about 60%. Analysis & Fit with the Horns It's always difficult to determine if transfers in college basketball will work out but he will have a year to learn the system and the way things work at Texas under Rick Barnes before he will be in the starting lineup. In theory this appears to be a move made in anticipation of Myles Turner spending only one season in Austin. Realistically, Myles Turner will be a "one-and-done" wherever he goes. He might stay two years like Blake Griffin did at Oklahoma but that is the longest he will stay in college. The potential departure of Turner would create a depleted roster of frontcourt players in 2015-2016 for Rick Barnes. Jonathan Holmes will be out of eligibility and Cameron Ridley could opt to go to the NBA draft as a junior (especially if he improves like he did between his freshmen and sophomore year). That would leave Jordan Barrett, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert as the only big men if all Turner, Ridley and Holmes are gone in 2015. This move was done to secure some depth on the front line for the Texas basketball team. While only having four bigs is not ideal, it could help land Elijah Thomas who is the best Texas basketball prospect in 2015 according to 247sports. Adding Cleare appears to be a solid insurance policy for the Texas Longhorns basketball team.
  15. The dust is settled on the 2014 basketball season. Chris Flanagan tells you what needs to happen between now and November...
  16. Offseason Priorities

    In retrospect, there were a lot of positives as well as some persistent negatives in the 2013-2014 Texas basketball season. Now that the dust has settled and the emotional edge of another first weekend loss in March Madness has faded, let's review some of the keys of the past season as they relate to goals for the 2014-2015 season: 1. Keep departures down to a minimum In recent years, the Longhorns have been the "victim" of early NBA Draft enrollees and transfers. Unsurprisingly, teams that make it to the second weekend of the tournament are those with veteran players. If Rick Barnes and his staff can keep everyone in Austin, the Longhorns will have one senior and four juniors on next year's squad. Departures are all to common in college basketball, so the Longhorns must limit defections to two players at most. 2. Get Myles Turner Every program wants Myles Turner's commitment - he is the highest ranked player by Rivals.com that has yet to make a college choice. Some recruiting services have Turner rated as high as the 2nd best prospect in the 2014 class. Depending on what team website you read for information, Turner is a "lock" to Duke, Kansas, SMU, or Texas. Although he is very tight lipped on his recruitment, HornSports has reason to believe that Turner will join Coach Barnes' crew. All signs point to Turner being a great collegiate basketball player and he would be a difference maker on a Longhorn team with several upperclassmen. Adding Turner to the returning players would give Coach Barnes and Texas a legitimate chance to reach the Final 4 in 2015. 3. Isaiah Taylor must develop a jump shot Isaiah Taylor is a magician at handling the basketball and turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of last season. However, now that there is plenty of game tape available, the floaters, driving lanes, and layups that surprised opponents last year are going to disappear. photo credit: ap.org Next season, teams playing Texas will sag on defense and make Taylor hit jump shots rather than penetrate and score (or find an open teammate). Taylor will need to hit those shots for the Texas offense to be at it's best. No one is expecting the point guard to hit every jump shot from anywhere on the floor (he's not Kevin Durant) but, Taylor needs to develop three areas on the floor where he would feel confident that he could make shots consistently. If he adds that aspect to his game, Taylor can make the Texas offense more dynamic, resulting in better team that wins more games. 4. Choose between Martez Walker and DeMarcus Holland Being a standout defender earned DeMarcus Holland more starts at shooting guard than anyone else for Texas.. However, his offensive output was sporadic at best. Martez Walker quickly progressed throughout the season from being a guard who only contributed five minutes per game to one seen as a crucial asset in the Horns' offensive gameplan. His defense wasn't as good as DeMarcus Holland but he added value on offensive side of the floor so he got plenty of playing time. There are more than seven months of time to prepare for the next basketball season - if DeMarcus Holland wants to solidify his starting role, he must become a consistent offensive threat. If Isaiah Taylor and Walker/Holland produce from outside the paint, that gives Cameron Ridley more 1-on-1 opportunities, making Texas a better team and much more difficult to defend.
  17. Shaunsters posted the article on the home page of the site but here it is for message board consumption...... Exciting rumor I heard this week related to the Texas basketball program and had 2 trusted sources confirm it to me… Buzz Williams and Billy Donovan have both let (Steve) Patterson or the people around Patterson know that when he’s ready to make a decision on the coaching position, each wants to be let known. Wait, there’s more… Another surprise name (I originally said no way to) has surfaced again on the radar (much like the Saban situation behind the scenes) . This would most likely be a substantial pay raise type of deal if it were to materialize…. Bill Self!!! There has always been a little smoke suggesting Self thought highly of Texas and the program’s resources, but never did I think there was a even a slim chance of him eventually residing in Austin. Especially after the Andrew Wiggins “clown show” that was his recruitment. Never say never, but WOW! I lean toward Billy Donovan and Bill Self looking for a pay raise, but this site is for the fans. Our job is to let you know of the rumors and smoke that are circulating and rising behind the scenes. Here is a relevant question to consider: What if Rick Barnes Barnes leads this team deep into the NIT or earns an NCAA bid? What happens then? Barnes is back to his old ways – he’sactually coaching and putting kids in spots to win. If he does this the rest of the year with a young squad, you have to give him one more year. But if Barnes turns back to his post KD/DJ ways, very hard headed, no imagination, no creativity. He will have to be fired. Also a note – I was waiting on confirmation from another buddy of mine, but look for Texas to make a STRONG push in the recruitment of DJ Hogg (Plano,TX) . If you don’t know DJ Hogg, just YouTube him and stare. He is a 6’6 athletic, gifted and soon to be 5-star kid from Texas. Hogg was once considered a Baylor or OSU sure thing…. It was recently mentioned that schools like Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA are teams pushing hard for him, but from what I am hearing from some, Texas is considered the leader (unlike King McClure). Hogg is a a lights-out shooter with deep range and Texas needs to land him or McClure to hallmark the recruiting class. Make no mistake, Hogg is “loving him some Texas,” which is great news for Horns fans. Along with Tyler Davis who I mentioned on the message board, he’s a 5-star center (Liberty,TX). All the aforementioned are Texas Titans teammates. Landing 2 or 3 of these kids would be big for Rick Barnes and Texas as they are elite kids. One side note on all of these players – watch out for SMU! Anytime you have WWW leading the charge and Larry Brown giving him the ok, you have to be careful not to get to excited. But Hogg is the one kid that truly loves Texas! –Shaunsters
  18. It appears Texas and the Bayou Bengals will face one another as part of a basketball series of games at American Airlines Arena in Dallas on November 8th. No official confirmation yet but it is all but done. Should be a good game. I have always wondered why Texas and LSU never played more in basketball or football. Hell, hold the games in Houston. Both schools have massive fan bases in H-town.
  19. Shooting Guard Demarcus Croaker from Jones High School in Orlando, FL has committed to play basketball at The University of Texas. Croaker is 6-4, 175 lbs and is lightning quick with a fantastic touch on the ball and good range. Will be interesting to see how he is used by Barnes at Texas. He is a versatile player to say the least. Highlight tape on Croaker:
  20. Myck was freed and Rick Barnes must be praying that he can provide this team with a spark. Iowa State has a good team and Texas will need to play well to pull of the win. Expectations for Kabongo to save the season should be quelled because it ain't happening folks. We can only hope to save face and finish the season strong. Let's Hook the Clones.
  21. After being suspended for 23 games, Myck Kabongo will see his first action of the season and start Wednesday vs. Iowa State. Today Kabongo released a statement commenting on his suspension and the remaining games: Statement from University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo - TexasSports.com - Official website of University of Texas Athletics - Texas Longhorns Though he won't be a "cure-all" for the Longhorns, Myck Kabongo's return will undoubtedly help improve the struggles on offense. Currently the offense is built almost entirely on jump-shots that are often contested. Because of this, it's no surprise the Longhorns are 8th in the Big12 in scoring offense, 7th in field goal percentage, and last (10th) in 3-point percentage. But Myck Kabongo has the ability to improve these stats. Unlike anyone on the roster, Kabongo can get into the lane, attack the basket, and finish at the rim. And his success finishing plays like these will greatly effect whether or not Texas elevates it's play towards the end of the season. Texas has no one the turn to as a reliable option in the post. We've seen flashes form Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, and a few of the other post players. But there isn't one big-man who can be a consistent scoring threat in the paint for the Longhorns right now. Because of this, Texas is forced to rely on their guards. Unfortunately, none of their guards possess the ability to consistently get into the lane. Which then molds the Texas offense into a jump-shooting attack. I'm not a huge fan of a team that relies heavily on jump shots but it can work. The key hinges on finding open shots and higher-percentage shots, rather than simply passing on the perimeter and jacking up off-balance or contested shots. Kabongo's ability to attack the rim can change that. If he is successful at getting into the lane, he can either go up and finish at the rim, dump the ball off to an open post player (who's man has shifted over to help on Kabongo), or pass the ball out to one of the guards who are set to take a jump shot if their defender has also shifted inwards to help on Kabongo. Attacking the lane with a legitimate threat to score at the rim opens up the offense and creates better opportunities for the shooters. Though Felix has done a great job with his given circumstance, Kabongo also brings speed to the open court that will help Texas get easier bucks on fast breaks. And Texas needs buckets any way they can get them right now. There are still other problems, such as rebounding, that Texas needs to address. Kabongo's return will not fix all of the Longhorns' woes. But if coach Barnes can put Kabongo in a position that uses his quickness and athleticism to the Horns' advantage we may see a Texas team that can capitalize on it's above-average defense and actually find a way to score more points than the other team. Hook'em
  22. Watching Texas try to do anything on offense is one of the more frustrating efforts of offensive basketball I've seen in a long time. The team really reminds me of my Rec team's offense. Which is dribbling around a little bit, making a pass or two, and jacking up a contested shot... Which is basically the only offense that exists in my Rec league... But this is D1 basketball and it pains me to watch Texas rely on a contested jump shot every offensive possession. From the looks of it, Texas needs at least more of an interior presence (if not scoring inside) if they want to have better shots for the shooters. The post players really cannot be relied upon consistently because they haven't shown they are capable scorers inside enough to be consistent threats. So the next option is having someone drive into the lane. The only person who can really handle the ball in that fashion is Javan Felix. But his lack of size really hinders what he can do, other than fade away/pull-up jumpers. So I'm asking you. If you were in charge of this team with these same players, what changes would you make on offense?
  23. When you watch the Texas basketball team play you see flashes of a team that could be pretty good. But then you see the Longhorns fall back to earth and struggle in situations that ultimately lead to losses. 0-4 in Big 12 play, Texas is really having a tough time finishing games and finding an identity that will lead to wins. The struggles for Texas are a combination of problems, largely related to youth and inexperience. The team cannot keep it together long enough to pull out wins in games where they have still been in it in the very end. But no matter how they lose, each time I watch Texas I see two problems that stand out and are the difference between wins and losses. The first problem I see may shed light to a lot of the Longhorn's problems. The interior of the offense and defense are just not reliable enough right now. When you watch the Longhorns you see a team that clearly has struggled with rebounding, especially on offense. Game after game, opposing teams have series on offense where they miss their first, and sometimes even second, shot attempts but continue to keep the ball because Texas can't rebound on offense effectively. One of my biggest keys to winning a basketball game is rebounding. Go look at the stats. The team that wins the rebound battle wins the games more times than not. And that's common sense because the team that wins the rebounding battle simply has more plays where they take the ball away from the other team. It's not considered a turnover in stat books, but it's essentially the same idea. The Texas big men, specifically Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh, also need to do a better job protecting the rim. Ridley and Ibeh do show up at times with blocks (and those are some of the flashes we see of good basketball) but more times than not I see these players standing right next to the opposing player that lays the ball up for an easy bucket. Or I see these guys get beat by shot fakes and get out of position. With the size of these two guys, there should not be a player any where near the bucket that is able to easily attempt a shot without at least one of those two trees making them hesitate or re-think their decision. But the two big guys are young and just not playing up to the game speed that they need to in order to be effective on defense. The same could be said on the offensive side of the court. Texas seems to struggle the most on offense when the game slows down. Sure the team shows flashes of making shots, but their is no consistent source of scoring to turn to on offense. It's largely because Texas also does not have any reliable scorer down low to feed the ball to the interior of the opposing team's defense. The best big-man Texas has on offense is Jonathan Holmes. But as a 6'7" power forward, Holmes is often undersized against his opponents and has moved his scoring outside rather than trying to post someone up inside the paint (and honestly, Holmes needs to continue to develop his outside shot if he wants to play in the NBA). Having a lack of any reliable scoring threat down low forces the Longhorns to rely on jump shots any way they can get them. The only other way to improve their offense (other than having lights-out shooters) would be to have guys who can create their own shot by getting to the rim consistently. This would create some interior scoring threats to opposing defenses. Unfortunately, the only guy who has really shown he is capable of doing that is the shortest guy on the team, 5'10" (I really think he's 5'8") Javan Felix. When the lane is open, Felix has shown he can be a decent scorer getting to the basket. But because of his height, Felix has tailored his scoring to a pull-up jumper at the elbow. The problem with that is eventually teams can play better defense on him because he does not have a reliable 3-point shot, so the defender can essentially sag a few steps off and hang around the elbow where Felix likes to pull up for a jumper and then rely on their own big men to step in and block Felix if he does successfully get by the defender. So right now I see a team that relies heavily on jump shots from the outside. The fact that Texas relies on jump shots also sheds light as to why they are taking many less free-throws than opposing teams. Sure there are calls in games against Texas that I don't agree with. But do not begin to think this is some big effort by the NCAA to screw Texas over in free-throws. Because it's not. It largely has to do with the style of basketball Texas is currently playing. If they don't have any interior offense, they likely will not get many fouls called on them. And if they don't have guard who can make something happen off the dribble, they will also not have fouls called on him. When you are a team that relies on jump-shots then the only way you get fouls is if a defender jumps into you while your shooting, which doesn't happen nearly as much compared to a team that has players that either take the ball to the rim or post players that bang around down low. So for now, get used to the fact that Texas will likely take less free-throws in games compared to the amount the opposing team is taking. Just because Texas is struggling due to the fact that they have to rely on the jump shot does not mean you won't ever see another team that can win by relying on jump shots. There are definitely teams who find success by getting their players open and in positions to knock down shots. The problem for Texas is their inexperience and lack of offensive flow really hinders them from consistently finding spots on the floor for their shooters to knock down shots. The two guys that the Longhorns should be finding more shots for on offense are Sheldon McClelland and Julien Lewis. Those guys are the two best guards that can shoot for the Longhorns. Holmes is also a guy I'd like to see Texas run plays for, but he usually finds his shots when defenders forget to follow him to the 3-point line. I should be clear that I'm not saying the guards necessarily need more shots a game (McClellan just attempted 18 shots in the loss against KU). But the Longhorns should be running their offense to find more open shots for those two guys. A lot of the shots they take are contested, which lowers the percentage that the shot will go in. Instead of more than half of McClellan's shots being contested, Texas should find ways where less than half of his shots are contested. It isn't always easy to make happen, but when that is where your offense makes noise then you have to find a way to make it happen throughout the game. The other problem Texas has really emerges late in games, and even late in first half's. Texas does not have a reliable "go-to" player that can close games/periods for them. When Myck Kabongo comes back he likely will have the first crack at being that guy. But as of right now they do not have anyone who can take the game over late and help the team hold on for a win. This largely has to do with the type of players, specifically guards, Texas has and their mentality. First, I do not trust the ball handling of any of the guards other than Felix (and Kabongo when he returns). So that initially makes it tough for the Longhorns to put the ball in any other guards hands beside Felix. Secondly, even if the ball is in the hands of Lewis, McClellan, or even Holland neither of them really do much on offense other than taking a jump-shot (as we went over earlier). Out of those 3, Holland has been the one guy who has sort-of shown he can get through traffic to the rim but he often struggles to finish the shot-attempt successfully (and like I just said, I don't really trust his ball-handling yet either. Not enough for him to have it late in games). So since these guys rely on jump shots, it makes it tough for any of these guys to step up in the final minutes. They aren't going to be dribbling around with the ball waiting to get fouled, or trying to take it to the rim to force the other team to foul before they attempt a lay-up. Lastly, I haven;t seen McClellan, Lewis, or Holland really show they even have the mentality or desire to want the ball the last few minutes of the game. They may be able to knock down shots late in games, but I haven't seen any of those guys want to close games over a span of a few minutes. Which basically leaves you with Felix as the guy who likely has the ball at the end of the game. Which isn't the ideal player you'd want with the ball. He can handle the ball well and has an "ok" free-throw percentage (77%, not automatic but decent), but Felix doesn't have the size to take it to the rim at will, and he does not have a reliable outside jump-shot. On the season, Javan is shooting 34% from the field (though in recent games that percentage has increased some). And he is shooting a very pedestrian and unreliable 17% beyond the 3-point line. So to sum it up, Texas really doesn't have an ideal player that can close games. And in result, Texas continues to lose some close games that they had within reach. I said this a week or so ago, but it's like the Texas Men's basketball team is trying to play games with one hand tied behind their back. And they just can't seem to figure out how to untie that other hand. They are very frustrating to watch because they show flashes of good basketball. But in the end, their problems overtake their brief success in games and they end up losing. This team is also very young, so the problems do stem from lack of development and experience. And it will be very interesting to see the impact Kabongo will have when he returns. I think he will help the team, but I'm not convinced he completely fixes all of their problems. Rebounding, for example, is an effort play the whole team can improve on. Kabongo doesn't fix that. Regardless, I still think Texas could have a winning record right now instead of being 8-9, and 0-4 in Big 12 play. However, the Longhorns are currently fighting just to make the NIT at the end of the season, and this is easily the lowest point Rick Barnes has let his basketball program slip to.
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