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Thoughts and Takeaways: Baylor runs Texas out of the gym in Waco


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It was an afternoon to forget in Waco as Baylor blasted Texas 80-63. Chris Beard’s squad failed to match the intensity of the Bears and the game was pretty much over by halftime. Here are some thoughts and takeaways as the Longhorns fell to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in Big 12 play.

  • Baylor was a bad matchup for Texas athletically, but it was surprising to see just how big of an advantage the Bears had inside the paint. Texas struggled all afternoon with finishing shots inside 5 feet of the basket. Flo Thamba had 4 blocks for Baylor and the Bears finished with 7 blocks overall. 
  • This game had some similarities to the Iowa State game in Ames about a month ago. In both games, Timmy Allen spent much of the afternoon in foul trouble and had a minimal impact. Without Allen on the floor, Texas struggled to get in a rhythm offensively.
  • Teams who can apply consistent on-ball pressure to the Texas ball handlers have given the Longhorns issues all season. Baylor forced Texas in a lot of uncomfortable possessions and Chris Beard just doesn’t have the type of athletic ball handlers this year to prevent teams from applying a lot of pressure.
  • For as good as Texas has been on the defensive side of the floor for much of this year, the last two games have not been very good defensive performances. The amount of mental mistakes have increased and Texas is leaving good shooters open far too frequently.
  • If there is one positive takeaway for Texas from this game, it is that Jase Febres knocked down a pair of three pointers and played 21 minutes. Febres has struggled shooting the basketball for the last month and has seen his minutes decrease significantly. If he can get anywhere close to his old form, that will be very good news for the Longhorns. 

What’s Next?

Texas travels up to Norman on Tuesday to face OU before returning back home to host Texas Tech on Saturday. The Sooners have been playing solid basketball lately, defeating Texas Tech this past week and nearly upsetting Kansas in Lawrence earlier today.

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