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Recap of the win over TCU - was this the confidence builder?

Matt Cotcher

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FINAL SCORE: Texas 66 – TCU 43

1st Half: Texas 31 – TCU 16

  • A pair of early turnovers made for a sloppy start, but 2 made free throws by Ridley settled the team down. Crisp passing around the perimeter led to an easy entry pass to Ridley under the basket.
  • Kendal Yancy hit a 3-pointer from the corner early, then had a steal at the other end. His confidence has really gone up as he’s played more minutes….make that two made 3’s in the first 6 minutes.
  • The Horns are shooting 50% from the floor over the first 10 minutes. It’s amazing how much the offense opens up when a few shots fall early.
  • Even when entry passes are open to the interior, Texas guards hesitate too long and lose the opening. Regardless of if they’re not seeing things well or not wanting to turn it over, the offense needs those passes to be made.
  • Texas shot 50% from the floor, and 45.5% from beyond the arc in the first half. That masks any issues with the offense.

2nd Half: Texas 35 – TCU 27

  • After five minutes in the second half, the Horns have 10 assists on 13 made field goals. The passing is getting it done tonight.
  • 3 Texas turnovers in two minutes are keeping the Horned Frogs in striking distance.
  • The referees have really slowed the game down with some very questionable calls (on both teams).
  • With 14 points at the Under 8:00 timeout, Cameron Ridley leads all scorers. It’s a quiet 14 if that’s possible for someone of his size. He’s 6-9 from the charity stripe – that’s important to watch down the stretch.
  • TCU pulled within 7 points midway through the half, but Texas picked up the intensity on both ends of the floor, extending the lead back into double digits. Barnes and the team were aware of the potential trouble and overcame it quickly.

Top takeaways

1. The Horns haven’t executed on offense that well since the last time they played TCU. Is it matchups? Is TCU that bad? Is Texas turning the corner? Is it as simple as making a few jump shots?

2. After their dominant win in Fort Worth, Texas lost four straight games. The team can’t afford another stretch like that.

The stat story

  • TCU had 2 offensive rebounds in the first half. They aren’t good enough to win without extra possessions.
  • Six different Texas players scored in the first half. At only 31 total points, that’s effective balance.
  • For the game Texas shot over 50% from the field and over 40% beyond the 3-point line.
  • Ridley’s 15 points in 28 minutes was good for a 22.0 efficiency rating.

Looking ahead

Texas Tech is in Austin this Saturday – another winnable game for the Longhorns. Texas needs to build off tonight’s performance and the Tech game before heading to Norman in 10 days. 

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Yancy wasn't afraid to shoot or attack tonight. We need more of that. 


Barnes talked at length in post-game about Yancy, saying that the challenges of the season had hit him harder than any other player (esp. related to his minutes/game). According to Barnes, Yancy is finally relaxing and playing with confidence because he understands his role and what the team needs him to do.


No question that Barnes expects to get the kind of production Yancy yielded tonight through the remainder of the season.

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If Yancy does perform well, it can be a good sign for this team.


However, it was TCU. Texas Tech on Saturday won't be a good barometer either. The real test will come next Wednesday against Oklahoma. Texas is not likely to win that game in Norman but if you recall, they started really slow in the game and couldn't hit shots. If they hit shots out of the gate, it makes the game easier.

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Remarkably I think our offense is improving. Since the second half of the Oklahoma State game we've actually been pretty good on offense. 

TCU isn't great offensively but they are a top 25 team defensively. Texas averaged 1.10 points per possession against a pretty good defensive team in TCU.

It's not a coincidence that our offense started looking good when we went to the pick and roll game with Taylor. 

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