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Here’s a hypothesis - formulated in in my laboratory, which could perhaps be cause for discussion? 

My awareness of Longhorn sports goes back to my childhood in the mid-70s.  This puts us right around this wheelhouse:  End of Royal / beginning of Akers; Abe Lemons; Cliff Gustafson and Delo$$ was brand new.  This timeframe covers many, many sports seasons; many coaches and a few Ads.  Anyhow, here’s my hypothesis: 

If you take the three primary sports at Texas:  Football, Basketball and Baseball and look at the last four years (whether or not you count the current .500ish record in baseball as a “season”)…. You cannot find four consecutive years which are worse than the most recent four in any of these three sports. 

I can almost guarantee you this is true for football and baseball.  Basketball gets murky because of the Wetlich years….. However, he did share a SWC championship in his tenure so I give him the nod over the four most recent seasons. 

If I’m correct (and I believe I am) just ponder this for a minute…. we are at our lowest point in almost 50 years in the three most important sports at UT!  What’s my point?  I guess I’d like to know how this can possibly happen at THE University of Texas?  What in the world has gone wrong??  Certainly something is rotten in Bellmont Hall?  I have a few theories, but would first like to know what you think about my hypothesis and what you think the cause is??   

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6 hours ago, 83Dee said:

I see it differently than you.  Basketball is ALL about shooting / defending the three.   Go and watch a game at the Middle School level these days, and it is the same.  

Shaka recruits like he is playing in the 80s... he favors athleticism over shooting.... and unless this changes in haste, it will be the single most prominent factor in his ultimate dismissal.  

So, I see things differently than you.  Our biggest flaw is an inability to shoot 3s effectively. 

Well, while you're at it just say we don't shoot effectively no matter where we are.

I don't agree that the game is centered around the three. I've seen too many teams think that way and go down while the other team was dumping in stuff from under the goal. IMO, if you don't drive the lane and create reason to defend the paint – your threes will kill you.

First night KU is off with their shooting, they'll go down. I think I gave them one win in my bracket.

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3 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Well, while you're at it just say we don't shoot effectively no matter where we are.

I don't agree that the game is centered around the three. I've seen too many teams think that way and go down while the other team was dumping in stuff from under the goal. IMO, if you don't drive the lane and create reason to defend the paint – your threes will kill you.

First night KU is off with their shooting, they'll go down. I think I gave them one win in my bracket.

Good points!  

I used to complain about Tom Penders teams saying precisely what you pointed out about KU above.... it’s tough to shoot well in enough consecutive games to seriously contend for a title.  

I stick to what I originally stated, but will amend it slightly because hyperbole was employed:

the game is evolving into layups (dunks) or threes.  It has become dumb to do otherwise.  But that said, if you can’t shoot threes effectively, it is really tough to compete!  I’m no math wiz; but my limited knowledge tells me that hitting 20 shots from beyond the arc is the equivalent of hitting 30 elsewhere. This makes it crazy to shoot anything less than super high percentage shots unless you are behind the arc.  

By the way, I agree with you... shooting in general is this teams primary issue.  From threes, to put-backs, to free throws.  

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2 hours ago, Bear19 said:

Any way you want to analyze it, we're just not very good.

And we won't be next year either.

I hope you're wrong, players can improve from one year to the next.  I have to admit that I don't see how the same issues won't exist next year..... only without Bomba. 

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2 hours ago, drgilbert said:

 

 

Okay, its now transformed to butt hurt. Orlando would do good to realize that 14 is worthy of great ridicule. A man his size should be capable of much more.

If he thinks it doesn't matter, then its worthy of laughing off.

But no, he took the 2-yr old approach. lol

 

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Hahaha love Sams spunk. Exactly why I think he is going to explode in 2018. He has the attitude to be great. 

 

And funny mayfield only only response is always “never beat lake Travis” high school hang on or what?

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20 hours ago, okiehorn said:

Hahaha love Sams spunk. Exactly why I think he is going to explode in 2018. He has the attitude to be great. 

 

And funny mayfield only only response is always “never beat lake Travis” high school hang on or what?

Mayfield probably hangs out in the the Lake Travis HS parking lot on his off time.  Grow up.

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Some notes from Football Brainiacs:

*Have heard more high praise for Caden Sterns. It sounds like he’s competing with Brandon Jones and it’s a competition.

*Heard from additional sources that between the two freshmen, Cam Rising is standing out. One source said he throws a prettier ball than both Casey and Sam. I asked a source if Cam could legitimately take the spot from Sam and was told it’s simply too early to tell.

http://texas.thefootballbrainiacs.com/2018/03/open-post-tuesday-march-20th/

 

A couple notes of interest on the linebacker front. I’m told that the staff has been working Malcolm Roach out at OLB and McCulloch has been taking reps at MLB.

Was told that there is a belief that Roach can play, and is taking to, the OLB spot. He currently weighs around 255 lbs. So, perhaps a bit bigger than you would normally see a Jack/B LB but the man moves well.

I’m told that McCulloch will likely get reps at both MLB and OLB and is expected to play both. One person I spoke to believed McCulloch has ample athleticism and diversity of skill to handle both spots.

This seems like an obvious move to find the combination of guys that ensures the best athletes are on the field. We’ll see how the experimentation goes.

http://texas.thefootballbrainiacs.com/2018/03/open-post-weekend-march-16th-18th/

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