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  1. submitted Today, 12:09 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher ‘Confident’ and ‘Efficient’ were not two words associated with the Texas basketball team during the regular season. With complete disregard for that notion, the Longhorns exhibited both characteristics in dominating fashion in a win over Texas Tech, 65-53, in the 2015 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday night. The win secures a quarterfinal game against Iowa State, and, according to most ‘bracketologists’, a berth in the upcoming NCAA Championship tournament. The Horns started the game in a solid rhythm and looked confident early. With so much at stake, it would have been understandable if the team would have been uptight early. Realistically, only three Texas turnovers and some hot shooting from the Red Raiders kept it close. What felt like a double digit lead was only a 4 or 5 point margin for most of the half. Much of the Horns’ offensive success in the first half should be attributed to Isaiah Taylor - the Longhorns’ point guard had four assists and zero turnovers. When combined with Kendal Yancy’s three assist to no turnover ratio, Texas got outstanding guard play throughout the opening stanza. With the guards using dribble penetration and distributing the ball effectively, seven different Texas players scored in the half. A true indication of the team’s efficiency, Connor Lammert, one of the two players that did not score, led the team with six rebounds in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Staked to only a four point lead at the half, the Longhorns quickly put the game out of reach by opening the second half, dominating the Red Raiders on the glass. A flurry of second chance points quickly led to a +12 rebound margin at the16:00 mark. Solid play from the Horns’ guards continued over the next 10 minutes, as Texas extended the lead to 20 points. With about 7:00 remaining in the game, the Longhorns had 9 assists on 13 made field goals. Devaughtah Williams, who hit 8 of 9 three point attempts in Texas Tech’s last game, was held to 2 of 10 shooting and five points overall. Toddrick Gotcher led Tech with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Another positive sign for Texas is how easily they were able to withstand a dismal night of shooting from three point range. The Longhorns were only 4 of 19 (21.1%) from beyond the arc, but were efficient enough in other areas to not have it affect their offensive output. Up next for Texas is a third game against the Iowa State Cyclones, a team that beat them twice during the regular season. On Wednesday, the Longhorns looked like a playground bully, sauntering up and down the court with a glint in their eye that bespoke a confidence that, no matter what their record said about them, they knew all along how good they can be. Playing that way against the conference's second best team will be more difficult than it was against the Red Raiders. Texas and Iowa State are scheduled to tip off at 6PM Central. Post-game Press Conferences Rick Barnes: “I really thought that Isaiah [Taylor] was really, really good tonight, maybe as good as he's been all year.” Rick Barnes: “We want…consistency‑wise, we want to know what we're going to get. In terms of posting up, making yourself big, that, we want to get that and I do think Cam is more confident now and why he hasn't been, I'm not quite sure, I wish I knew how to answer that.” Isaiah Taylor: “I think this team still hasn't reached its potential yet.” Cameron Ridley: “That's the way we should play, inside‑out and I did a good job of making myself a presence in inside, and the guards delivered the ball. And I just worked as hard as I could to get the position I could.”
  2. submitted Today, 09:39 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (19-12, 8-10 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (13-18, 3-15 Big 12) Wednesday, March 11 – 8:30PM* (CST) (*pending the conclusion of earlier games) Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO The game will be televised on ESPNU. TEXAS VS TEXAS TECH SERIES INFO Texas leads the all-time series, 81-54. Last meeting: Texas won 56-41 (Feb. 14, 2015; in Austin). The Horns have won 13 of the last 14 and 19 of the last 21 against Tech. UT is 36-5 against the Red Raiders since the start of the Big 12 (1996-97). Additionally, Texas is 32-4 against Texas Tech under Rick Barnes. TEXAS AT THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT Texas is 23-18 in 18 trips to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. In the Rick Barnes era, the Longhorns are 21-16 in the Big 12 Championship games. Texas is 3-1 in first-round games during the Rick Barnes era. The Horns have won three consecutive first-round contests. TEXAS NOTES The Texas defense held the last two opponents to an average of 54.0 ppg. With those wins, the Horns are now 17-4 when holding their opponent below 40% FG shooting this year. The Longhorns had double figures in blocks in each of their last three games. Texas ranks 1st nationally in blocks per game (7.9 bpg). Demarcus Holland scored in double figures over the last four straight games. TEXAS TECH NOTES In their last game (at Baylor),Texas Tech was in the lead for 38 minutes before losing to the Bears, 78-74. Devaugntah Williams had 28 points, making 8/9 three point attempts. The Red Raiders are 13-6 in Lubbock and 0-12 away from home. Head Coach Tubby Smith: "We have steadily made progress and it is starting to show. Over the last five games, we have made strides. We are shooting better. We have defended better. We have grown up a lot. When you think we started the season with seven new players and only had two players on the roster who have significantly started. We were young. We are young. But we have started to turn the corner."
  3. submitted Today, 01:15 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan The Texas Longhorns concluded the regular season Saturday with a win over the Kansas State Wildcats. What does the win mean for Texas? From multiple aspects, Saturday’s game was one that the Horns needed to win. Even though the offense was cold at times against KSU, it also ran hot enough for a victory. Unlike in previous games, the Longhorns did not panic when they were down or when shots were not falling. When the offense wasn’t clicking, the team relied on tenacious defense which created turnovers, and fast-break points. Texas is at their best when they are in transition and getting easy buckets. The team that beat the Wildcats is the team fans wanted to see all season long. Regardless of choosing to focus on the team’s 12 losses or their 19 wins, the fact is that neither total is impressive. What matters now is that the Longhorns are playing their best basketball in March – that's what any fan wants before the season begins. Even with the win, the Longhorns still have an uphill battle to get into the NCAA tournament. Saturday was a tough day to determine what the Horns’ chances are. For example: The Indiana Hoosiers lost against Michigan State on Saturday. The Longhorns needed that. However, Wichita State was upset by Illinois State in the Missouri Valley conference tournament. Longhorn fans need to root for Northern Iowa on Sunday because if Illinois State wins, there will be three teams from the Missouri Valley conference going to the NCAA tournament. That takes away a spot for a bubble team. (For a breakdown of all the bubble games, click HERE.) While many bracketologists think Texas is in the field of 68, a lot can happen in a week. It's not called March Monotony – it's March Madness. Texas fans want as much monotony as possible this week to boost their chances of making the tournament. What's next for the Longhorns? Next Wednesday, Hornsports will be live in Kansas City for the big 12 tournament. The first game for Texas is Wednesday at 8:30 (CST) against Texas Tech. If the Longhorns win, they will play Iowa State in the second round. The question at this point is ‘How many wins does UT need?’
  4. submitted Today, 06:10 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher FINAL SCORE: Texas 62 – Kansas State 49 Their NCAA tournament hopes; their coach’s job; their teammates’ final home game…the Texas basketball team had nearly every distraction possible heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas State. Nevertheless, the Horns persevered through poor shooting to beat the Kansas State Wildcats, 62-49. Texas led for most of the game, with K-State inching closer depending on how long Texas went without scoring. A final 2-minute surge that was capped by an alley-oop dunk by Cam Ridley proved to be enough to propel the Longhorns to victory on Senior Day at the Erwin Center. A closer look at how the game unfolded: 1st Half: Texas 34 – Kansas State 26 Early on the Horns have solid ball movement on offense and good rotation on defense. The crowd is here and into the game….the stage is set. The Horns nabbed 3 offensive rebounds in the first 3:30 – great energy so far and it’s obvious KSU misses Nino Williams. Texas started the game 0-6 from 3-point range – they’re doing everything else well. 5 different Longhorns scored in the first 16 minutes, and Jonathan Holmes is not one of them. Despite cold shooting, the Horns are staying aggressive on offense. KSU has 7 personals in 15 minutes (compared to 2 for UT). 2 three pointers from Lammert seemed to relax the team. KSU needs to keep it close in the final 3 minutes of the half, or this game could turn into a rout. Jonathan Holmes missed an easy bucket on offense, but followed it up with 2 blocks on the ensuing KSU possession. His effort today is there even though his shot is off. 2nd Half: Texas 28 – Kansas State 23 Texas opens the 2nd half by continuing to dominate most aspects of the game, except for shooting. If the Horns were scoring on pace with blocks, rebounds, bench scoring, assists, etc, this game would not be close. Before a fast break bucket by Javan Felix, the Longhorns went nearly 4 minutes without scoring. K-State took advantage of the drought and pulled within three points. Consecutive 3 pointers by Holmes, then a big block by the Senior, followed by a monster alley-oop from Ridley, and the Texas lead is up to 8 points. The crowd is back in the game and riding the surge from Texas. At the 6:53 mark, every player on Texas has scored except Kendal Yancy – surprising considering his trajectory over the last few weeks. Thomas Gipson is the only reason KSU is competitive today. His effort, especially without Williams in the lineup, has been tremendous. Connor Lammert has been a valuable contributor today. From key three pointers to clutch rebounds, Lammert played his role to perfection. Top takeaway When shots don’t fall, a team can still control their effort plays – defense, rebounding, loose balls, etc. Even though nerves seemed to get the best of the offense, Texas did an excellent job of playing with intensity in all other areas while waiting for their shots to fall. The stat story Texas finished with 14 blocks. Today was the 3rd consecutive game of double figure blocks. Despite long scoring droughts, Texas still shot 40% from the floor. 4 UT players scored in double figures (Holmes, Lammert, Taylor, Holland). The Horns had 12 offensive board and finished with 11 second chance points. Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster scored 30 of KSU’s 49 points. The Longhorns’ bench outscored KSU’s, 22-7. Looking ahead The Big 12 tournament is this week in Kansas City. With the win, Texas will be the No. 7 seed and play in the late game on Wednesday night. The winner of that game plays the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinal round. At the time of publishing, the No. 2 seed isn’t confirmed, but it’s likely to be Iowa State.
  5. submitted Today, 09:42 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (18-12, 7-10 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (15-15, 8-9 Big 12) Saturday, March 7 - 3:00PM (CST) The game will be televised on ESPN2. PREDICTION With wins over Iowa State and Kansas, the Wildcats have a first class ticket on the hot streak train. However, those games were both at home. On the road, KSU is ice cold. When the team leaves Manhattan, they have suffer inexplicable losses, including to TCU, Texas Tech and Long Beach State. But the Wildcats have plenty to play for in Austin - if they beat Texas on Saturday, they will have beaten every team in the Big 12 at least once. Kansas is the only other conference team that can claim that feat. Texas doesn’t stand to gain much from this game, but they can lose significantly. They must beat KSU to stay in the conversation for the field of 68. The prospect of losing and missing a tourney invitation also bodes poorly for Rick Barnes to keep his job. The good news for UT fans is that the swagger seems to be back for this team. If that is the case, this is the ideal time for it to come back. Beating Kansas State would earn Texas the 7th seed and a probable game against Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. I think Texas gets the job done. Texas 72 - Kansas State 64 TEXAS-KSU SERIES K-State leads, 17-12 (Texas leads 13-12 in Big 12 era). Last meeting: Texas 61-57. Texas is 7-6 against the Wildcats in games played in Austin. TEXAS NOTES Junior guard Demarcus Holland has scored in double figures for three consecutive games. In the last 3 contests, Holland is averaging 13.7 ppg and is shooting 68.4% from the floor. Texas continued it’s winning trend when keeping opponents below 40% FG shooting this year when the held Baylor to 33.3% FG shooting Monday. The Horns are now 16-4 when the opposition shoots less than 40%. Saturday's game is Senior Day and will be the final home game for Jonathan Holmes. Per UT: Holmes has played in 123 career games (104 starts). He has posted career totals of 1,117 points (27th in UT history), 725 rebounds (ninth in UT history) and 104 blocks (11th in UT history). Holmes is on pace to graduate this May with a degree in applied learning and development with a minor in educational psychology. KANSAS STATE NOTES K-State will be the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament with a win over Texas, but the No. 8 seed with a loss. The Wildcats are 2-11 away from Manhattan, including a 1-7 mark in Big 12 games. KSU is coming off consecutive wins over Top 15 opponents, and a key part of those victories has been the Wildcat’s bench. In the last two games, the KSU bench scored nearly half the team’s points (67 of 140), including 37 by sophomore guard Nigel Johnson.
  6. Heading into tomorrow's game with TCU, Rick Barnes has 599 career wins. A win tomorrow night would make him only the 13th active coach in the NCAA's to reach 600 wins. Believe me....UT is all over this one. They've been pumping out info for 2 days to media. If Texas wins, you'll see lots of references to the milestone. At first, I was jaded by 15-8/4-6, but I have to admit that the more I read about 600, I can't help but be impressed. When only 12 people in your profession have done it, that's significant.
  7. submitted Today, 09:32 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher FINAL SCORE: Texas 61 – Baylor 59 1st Half: Baylor 31 – Texas 24 2 turnovers by UT plus a steal by Baylor in the first 90 seconds. Foreshadowing? Texas spends about 75% of each offensive possession with 4 players at least 15 feet from the basket. Even in a 3-guard lineup, that’s not effectively using personnel. Isaiah Taylor got called for his 2nd foul, 11 minutes into the game. This team needs him on the floor and now he’ll be forced to sit most the remaining portion of the half. Having Myles Turner catch-turn-shoot from 14’ is a much more effective use of his length than having him shoot jumpers. Baylor has no answer for that set early in the game. Yancy has trouble with his handle in traffic, but with Taylor on the bench, he’s the only one that will put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. Felix is really hustling on defense tonight. Looking at the stat sheet, Baylor is dominating the glass, points in the paint, and Texas turned it over 7 times….yet Baylor only leads by 7 at halftime. 2nd Half: Texas 30 – Baylor 23 It’s a small thing, but seeing Taylor dribble up the floor with his head up, actively surveying what his teammates are doing offensively is something NBA scouts will love. Between barking at his players and the referees, I’m surprised Scott Drew has a voice at the end of games. He’s non-stop. When Felix hit a 3-pointer to pull Texas within one point, the crowd erupted. These fans have been looking for an excuse to get involved tonight, and #3 gave it to them. The Bears are dominating the offensive glass and loose balls. Of their 37 points, 15 of them are second chance. Midway through the half, Texas went 2-11 from the floor, and Baylor hit a couple 3-pointers. The lead is now 10 points. As is typical of this team, a late-game flurry in the final 5 minutes had the lead down to one possession game. Then Jonathan Holmes hit a three pointer to tie with 55 seconds left. I’m not into what people “deserve”, but these fans deserve this win. Overtime: Texas 7 – Baylor 5 The mass scrum resulted in a handful of ejections on both sides, but replays looked pretty uneventful. Clinging to a 3-point lead, Texas went on a 2:48 scoring drought that allowed Baylor to tie the game. Isaiah Taylor’s game winner was set up by a great pass from Felix. He won’t be remembered, but that possession belonged to Javan Felix. Top takeaways 1. Think what you want about Rick Barnes, but it’s inarguable that this team does almost nothing to help themselves when they’re on the floor. That’s not coaching. 2. Will an OT, come-from-behind win that featured a would-be shoving match finally spark the Longhorns into the winning streak that everyone thinks they’re capable of having? The stat story Baylor had 20 total and 11 offensive rebounds in the first half (12 second chance points). The Bears finished with 21 offensive boards, and a +16 margin. The Bears were 2-12 in the first half from 3-point range. Baylor shot 2-9 from the floor in overtime. Myles Turner led the team in rebounds (7) and blocks (6). Demarcus Holland finished with a team-high 12 points. Only 2 other Horns scored double figures. Looking ahead The Longhorns’ final regular season game is on Saturday against Kansas State. After this win, Texas must build momentum and beat KSU, or tonight’s game is rendered meaningless.
  8. submitted Today, 09:20 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (17-12, 6-10 Big 12) vs. #19/20 Baylor (22-7, 10-6 Big 12) Monday, March 2 – 6:00PM CST The game will be televised on ESPNU TEXAS-BAYLOR SERIES Texas leads the all-time series, 160-84, but Baylor is 9-5 in the last 14 games against UT. In the last meeting: Baylor won, 83-60 (Jan. 31, 2015; in Waco). The Longhorns are 29-9 against the Bears during the Rick Barnes era. TEXAS NOTES When they host No. 19 Baylor on Monday, Texas will face their fifth consecutive AP Top 25 opponent. This marks the first time in program history that UT has played five straight against AP Top 25 foes. Against Kansas on Saturday, Texas set a school single-game mark for most blocked shots (14). The Horns rank 1st nationally in blocks per game (7.6 bpg). In Lawrence, Demarcus Holland set a season high with 15 points and Prince Ibeh tied his season high with 4 blocks. Against the Jayhawks, Isaiah Taylor had eight assists against just two turnovers. Taylor also grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Taylor is averaging 7.0 apg in the last three games. BAYLOR NOTES Baylor has won 4 consecutive conference games and is 6-4 vs. ranked teams this season. The Bears have made at least 50% of their 3-point attempts in 3 straight Big 12 games. Baylor’s +8.6 average rebound margin ranks 7th nationally. Included in that margin – BU is 4th with 15.0 offensive rpg and 5th with 39.9 total rpg. Baylor was the only Division I team to hold every non-conference opponent to 66 or fewer points.
  9. By Chris Flanagan The Texas Longhorns (17-12, 6-10 Big 12) once again grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory as the Kansas Jayhawks (23-6, 12-4 Big 12) withstood a late Texas attack, pulling off the win, 69-64, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Point guard Isaiah Taylor led the way for the Longhorns with 17 points and Demarcus Holland scored 15 points off the bench in the loss. Texas led with 6:53 remaining in the game, but the Jayhawks kept the margin narrow and made plays down the stretch, enabling them to take a late-game lead and keep it. The largest lead for the Longhorns was six points, but they were unable to extend it due to a number of momentum shifts. With Cliff Alexander out for the game due to eligibility concerns, the Horns' challenge was to contain forward Perry Ellis. Texas was not up to the task most of the night - Ellis scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in what became the Jayhawks' 12th conference win this season. When asked why the Longhorns couldn’t stop Ellis, sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor said,“He is just a really good player.” Although they were unable to slow down Ellis, the Texas bench was a major factor in tonight’s game, outscoring the Kansas bench 27-7. Demarcus Holland and Myles Turner accounted for 25 of the 27 points. After the game, discussion was focused on the final Texas possession. Although it was not called, Isaiah Taylor appeared to get fouled as he drove to the basket. “I got fouled,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately they didn’t call it. I felt like I got tripped.” Texas head coach Rick Barnes summed up his thoughts on the call, or lack thereof, on Taylor, saying, "They deserved a better fate, but it didn’t happen.” Kansas head coach Bill Self was impressed with the play of Isaiah Taylor, calling Taylor "unstoppable." Self also mentioned that the Jayhawks were fortunate to win the game, given the play of Texas. Demarcus Holland talked about the aggressiveness of the Texas team and how it was a factor for the Longhorns. “We [Texas] didn’t want [Kansas] to be the aggressor, we wanted to be the aggressor and push the ball." In post-game interviews the Texas players said they felt confident about their performance despite the loss. “We got back to the Top 10 team we were earlier in the season," said Isaiah Taylor. “We still believe in the system… we are excited to finish the season," added Demarcus Holland. The mindset of the team is “fine” said Kendal Yancy and he believes they will win the next two games (against Baylor and Kansas State). Isaiah Taylor met with the media for post-game interviews with his shoulder packed in ice, but says he will be fine for Monday's game against Baylor in Austin. Isaiah Taylor talks to the media in Lawrence (via HornSports contributor Chris Flanagan):
  10. submitted Today, 07:19 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (17-11, 6-9 Big 12) at #8/9 Kansas (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 4:00PM (CST) Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, Kansas The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, and College GameDay will originate with an hour pregame show from Allen Fieldhouse. PREDICTION The Texas Longhorns are reeling right now. Not only are they losing every game they play against quality opponents, they are now in danger of being eliminated from the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns can get themselves off the bubble with a win in Lawrence. However, that's easier said than done. Under Bill Self, Kansas has only lost 9 times in Allen Fieldhouse. What's even more impressive than that stat is that the Jayhawks have not lost back to back games since December 2013 and both those games were on the road. The Longhorns won't win without a miraculous performance. Kansas 74 - Texas 58 TEXAS – KANSAS SERIES INFO Kansas leads, 24-8. Last meeting: Kansas 75-62 (Jan. 24, 2015; Austin). Kansas has won seven of the last eight meetings and 10 of the last 12. TEXAS NOTES Texas set a new team single-season mark for most blocked shots (207 through first 28 games) in Tuesday's loss at No. 20/19 West Virginia. The Horns rank 1st nationally in blocks per game and 2nd in rebound margin (+9.5). Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy is averaging 17.3 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 32.3 mpg over the last three contests. In the loss at WVU, Texas dropped its first game of the year when converting at least 50% of its field goals. KANSAS NOTES Kansas, 10-time defending Big 12 regular-season champion, holds a one-game edge over West Virginia (22-6, 10-5), Iowa State (20-7, 10-5) and Oklahoma (19-8, 10-5) in the 2015 Big 12 regular-season race. No. 8/9 Kansas (22-6, 11-4) scores 71.8 ppg with a +7.2 scoring margin. The Jayhawks also average 38.0 rpg and have a +4.5 rebound margin. KU leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage at 40.2% and averages 14.1 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.8 blocked shots per game. Perry Ellis is the only player in the Big 12 to rank sixth or higher in scoring (sixth) and rebounding (fourth). Through games of Feb. 25, Kansas is No. 2 nationally in the RPI behind Kentucky and No. 1 nationally in the toughest schedule.
  11. submitted Today, 09:26 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Let's skip the Good and the Bad, and get straight to the point... The Ugly Granted, the West Virginia player flopped on that Flagrant 2 foul that Jonathan Holmes "committed", but Holmes still threw an elbow at the head of a player. You can't do that and expect the referees to ignore it. Demarcus Holland was the Longhorns the team's leading scorer with 14. Let that sink in for a moment. Texas trailed 45-40, when West Virginia went on an 8-0 run. The Mountaineers never looked back. I would say I was shocked but I would be lying. Epilogue The Longhorns knew this was going to be a very tough game in Morgantown. Credit the team for trying hard but tonight was another tough lesson. Sometimes your best effort is just not good enough, nor does it prevent failure - that was what Texas was taught tonight. The pattern of each game is laughably predictable at this point... First Half: Texas takes bad shots, gets caught in transition and allows easy buckets. That trifecta is couple with an absurd amount of turnovers, and result is the opposing team having a comfortable lead at the half. Second Half: Texas comes out stronger with better focus, makes smart plays, passes the basketball, and makes shots. The lead subsequently dwindles to single digits. However, Texas gets lazy, starts turning the ball over again, doesn''t rebound well, and goes through a scoring drought. "Suddenly" the Horns are down by double digits again. Then the Longhorns make a desperate attempt at the end of the game, which results in a score that looks competitive - or better yet is narrowed to a one possession margin. But, having exhausted themselves in the comeback effort, they fail to capitalize and lose the game. If you watched tonight's game against WVU, you saw this scenario played out. At this late juncture, the pattern seems completely predictable. After a promising start to the season and otherworldly expectations, at 17-11, the Texas Longhorns men's basketball team has failed their fans. The next game for the Longhorns is this Saturday in Lawrence, KS against the Jayhawks. I will be live in Lawrence covering the game for HornSports. Based on the West Virginia game, I already know what is going to happen.
  12. submitted Today, 10:09 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (17-10, 6-8 Big 12) at #20/19 West Virginia (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) Tuesday, February. 24, 2015 – 6:00PM CST WVU Coliseum (14,000) - Morgantown, WV The game will be televised by ESPN2. TEXAS – WEST VIRGINIA SERIES INFO Texas leads the all-time series, 6-3. In the last meeting between the two teams, Texas won 77-50 (Jan. 17, 2015 in Austin). The Horns have beat WVU four consecutive times, all by double-digit margins. UT owns an 18.0 point scoring margin in those games. TEXAS NOTES Kendal Yancy set career highs in points (29), field goals (9-of-17), three-pointers (6-of-9) and free throws (5-of-6) during Saturday's loss to ISU. Yancy is averaging 21.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg over the last two games. Isaiah Taylor tied his season high in points (23), field goals (8-of-18) and three-pointers (2-of-3) against ISU. He topped the 20-point mark for the third time this year. Against the Cyclones, Myles Turner reached double figures in rebounds (10). It was Turner’s third straight game with double figure rebounds. The Texas defense held its first 27 opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg on a combined 36.4% shooting, which includes a 33.9% mark from three-point range. Texas ranks 4th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.364). WEST VIRGINIA NOTES West Virginia is shooting 33.2% in its last four games against Texas, including 27.3% from three point range. Last week Guard Juwan Staten had back-to-back 20-point performances (KU and OSU) to earn Big 12 player of the week honors. Staten averages 14.8 ppg and 4.5 apg. Sophomore forward Devin Williams averages double digit scoring with 10.9 ppg, but he has not scored double figures since February 7. Seven WVU players average at least 6.0 ppg.
  13. submitted Today, 05:07 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher FINAL SCORE: Iowa State 85 – Texas 77 1st Half: Iowa State 35 – Texas 31 Despite Myles Turner’s recent success, he started the game on the bench. Barnes has been favoring a 3-guard lineup and stuck with it today (Taylor, Yancy, Holland, Holmes, and Ridley start). Turner and Javan Felix both subbed in after only three minutes. At the under 16:00 timeout, Texas already had 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, but their 4 turnovers killed any attempt at finding a rhythm on offense. Iowa State is 4 of their first 5 from beyond the arc. That’s a troubling trend for Texas, even though the Horns are 2-5 from 3-point range. 27 games into the season and Myles Turner is still settling for too many jump shots. Especially against a smaller team like ISU, Turner needs to live in the paint. At the under 4:00 mark, Texas is shooting 50% from the floor, including 57% from behind the 3-point line. Hot shooting, 6 assists, and a 17-12 edge on the boards only has Texas up by 2? Consecutive Texas turnovers to end the half help propel Iowa State to a 4-point halftime lead. 2nd Half: Iowa State 50 – Texas 46 The Cyclones are scoring easy buckets on the interior to open the 2nd half. Texas seems so focused on guarding the perimeter that they’re allowing ISU to catch entry passes at the basket. 27 minutes into the game and Jonathon Holmes has zero points, and has only attempted two shots. That’s not his game, nor is it a winning recipe for Texas. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. In the first 10 minutes of the half, the Horns have cut back on the turnovers, but haven’t been able to sustain the scoring from the first half. ISU leads by 8 at the 7:30 mark and it’s been a 5-8 point lead for most of the half. Kendal Yancy has 19 points and is 4-5 from beyond the arc at the 6:00 mark. Simply put, Yancy is keeping Texas in the game almost single-handedly. The Cyclones are staked to a 12-point lead (67-55) with 4:13 to play, and there are no trends in the game that suggest Texas can come back to win. Regardless of that, slowing ISU down by fouling them and Kendal Yancy’s stroke kept Texas within striking distance – they pulled within 2 scores. Top takeaways 1. Throughout preseason we heard from Rick Barnes and Isaiah Taylor about how much Taylor worked on his jump shot in the offseason. It’s the end of February and Taylor still doesn’t even try to stretch the defense by taking shots. No questioning the value of his dribble penetration, but it’s still his only offense. 2. Despite a solid offensive outing, Texas had no answer defensively for Iowa State. The tape on the Cyclones shows exactly the same thing they did today, but the Horns looked unprepared. The stat story 12 Texas turnovers in the first half erased all positive stat’s (and there were several). ISU was 6-12 from 3-point range in the first half, and 6-9 in the second half – 57% for the game. ISU outscored Texas in benchscoring, 33-13. Kendal Yancy finished with 29 points, including 6-9 three point attempts. The Cyclones finished with 5 players in double figures scored, with a sixth at 9 points. Looking ahead The Horns travel to Morgantown on Tuesday to play West Virginia. After that, it’s a road trip to Lawrence to face the Jayhawks. Nobody said the Big 12 was going to be easy – needing every win they can muster, Texas has a treacherous stretch.
  14. Texas (17-9, 6-7 Big 12) vs. #14/14 Iowa State (19-6, 9-4 Big 12) Saturday, February, 21, 2015 – 1:00PM CST Frank Erwin Center The game will be televised by ESPN2. PREDICTION After a heartbreaking loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns are looking to bounce back against Iowa State. This may come as a shock to anyone not following college basketball closely…the Cyclones got their first road win of the Big 12 season in Stillwater on Wednesday. That win likely gave the Cyclones an added boost to their self-esteem and confidence that Texas has no chance to beat them. I disagree. It's plausible that the Longhorns hot start against Oklahoma was an aberration. However, I believe they have found a system to start scoring – Isaiah Taylor is in mid-season form after his injury, and Myles Turner is asserting himself offensively (that turn-around jumper is impossible to defend). Defense and turnovers continue to be an issue with this Texas team but Saturday’s focus should be to eliminate those mistakes and create opportunities to get to the free throw line. Texas battled back against Iowa State in Ames to make it a game late but came up short. I predict that Texas makes it a game early and pulls away late, defending their home court. Texas 72 – Iowa State 65 SERIES INFO Texas leads the all-time series, 17-12. Iowa State won the last meeting, 89-86 (Jan. 26, 2015; in Ames). Texas has won 11 of the last 15 meetings. The Longhorns own an 11-1 record against Iowa State in home games. The last win by ISU in Austin came in a 92-80 overtime victory on Feb. 5, 2005. TEXAS NOTES Texas leads the nation in blocked shots (7.7/game). UT held 18 of 26 opponents to below 40% FG shooting this year. Myles Turner recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his collegiate career in the last two contests. In those two games, Turner averaged 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while converting 15-of-22 (.682) field goals and 10-of-12 (.833) free throws. In the loss to OU, Kendal Yancy reached double figures in scoring (14 points) for the fourth time this year. He also tied his career high in scoring (also had 14 vs. Stanford on Dec. 23, 2014) and field goals made (6-of-14). IOWA STATE NOTES A victory over Texas would give ISU 20 wins for the fourth season in a row, which would be a first in school history. ISU is the only team nationally with six players averaging double figures in scoring. The Cyclones are the Big 12’s top scoring team and 11th nationally at 79.6 points per game. ISU’s 48.7 percent field goal shooting also leads the conference and is 13th nationally. ISU is fifth nationally in assists (17.2 per game), and has assisted on 60.7 percent of its field goals. The Cyclones have a Big 12-best team assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5 (seventh nationally), and are averaging 11.5 turnovers/game.
  15. submitted on Today, 11:49 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan The Good 13 blocks - a UT record. That's impressive. Kendal Yancy had a huge game. If he provides this type of production for the rest of the season, Texas will be a much better team moving forward. Myles Turner is being more physical. That needs to be his game. The Bad Too many fouls committed by the Longhorns and conversely they did not draw enough fouls. In crunch time, the Longhorns were still only in a 1-and-1 situation. I know Jonathan Holmes is good at hitting 3's at the buzzer, but the team needed that offense throughout the game too. It wasn't there on Tuesday night. The worst time to miss a free throw is right at the end of the game. Kendal Yancy tried to undo a solid outing in one ill-timed miss. The Ugly After Myles Turner hit the 2nd free throw to go up 64-58 with 3:36 to go, an upset for the Longhorns looked probable. However, the entire team faltered at the end. A recap of the 13-5 run that doomed Texas: 1. The Texas defense eft Buddy Hield wide open for 3. 2. Javan Felix was careless with the ball. 3. TaShawn Thomas gets a open look, and Myles Turner commits a needless foul. Thomas makes the three point play. 4. Kendal Yancy missed a 3 pointer. 5. Jonathan Holmes blocked Thomas' shot but the Sooners got the ball back and Jordan Woodard drove to the basket and made a circus shot. 6. Jonathan Holmes took a quick 3 and missed. 7. Texas left Spangler wide open and he made an easy layup. The rest, as they say, is history. Epilogue Give Texas credit, they played very well tonight. However, a loss is a loss is a loss. Texas' inability to close games has doomed the Longhorns all season long. The Longhorns beat up on the teams below them in the standings but their inconsistencies against teams above them in the standings is going to kill them when it comes to Selection Sunday. Next up, the Longhorns host the Cyclones at home on Saturday. If the Longhorns play as well as they did in Norman, I believe they can win the game because the Cyclones are not a good road team. The Cyclones have lost all 4 of their Big 12 road games this season. At this point, every game is a must win for the Horns and Saturday's game is no different.
  16. submitted on 11 hours ago in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) at #17/17 Oklahoma (17-8, 8-5 Big 12) Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 8:00PM (CST) Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Oklahoma The game will be televised by ESPN2. PREDICTION The Texas Longhorns got blown out at home against the Sooners in the teams’ first meeting this season. That loss began to chip away at the fans’ expectation of an elite team. Since then Oklahoma has been streaky at best – from losing both games against Kansas State to winning by almost 50 points over Texas Tech. Point blank…the Longhorns will try their best to avenge the loss in Austin. Why wouldn't they? The Longhorns know it was quite embarrassing and they need to remind people that they are worthy of a higher seed in the tournament. The Longhorns are currently projected as a 7-seed but with this game and the home game against Iowa State this week, the opportunity exists to improve their standing. However, Texas 0-7 record against the RPI Top 25 speaks volumes. Oklahoma is #18 in the RPI, so it is reasonable to expect the Longhorns to lose to the Sooners. Oklahoma 69 – Texas 57 SERIES INFO Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 51-35. Last meeting: Oklahoma 70-49 (Jan. 5, 2015; in Austin). Texas is 21-19 against Oklahoma during the Rick Barnes era. Texas has won 14 of the last 20 meetings, but OU has won each of the last three and four of five. TEXAS NOTES Texas coach Rick Barnes enters Tuesday’s game with an overall record of 399-174 (.688) in 17 seasons at Texas. With a win on Tuesday, Barnes would become the eighth active NCAA Division I men’s basketball coach to reach the 400-win milestone at his current school. During UT's current three-game win streak, the Horns have held their opponents to an average of 47.0 ppg on a combined 31.3% shooting (46-of-147). Myles Turner posted a game-high 25 points (one shy of career high), a career-high 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots in his 30 minutes during Saturday's home win against Texas Tech. The performance was both his third double-double and third 20-point performance of the season. Texas posted a season-low seven turnovers in their win over the Red Raiders. OU NOTES The Sooners are 11-1 in Norman and boast a +20.8 average scoring margin in those 12 contests. OU's starting five is shooting .537 from the field in games at the Noble Center. The junior duo of Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins is shooting a combined .533 (64 for 120) from behind the 3-point arc at home. OU has held its 25 opponents to an average of 10.5 points below their season average. On the year, the Sooners are holding teams to 61.5 points/game and limiting them to .371 field goal shooting and .305 3-point shooting. In their 12 home games, the Sooners have posted a 248-105 advantage in points off turnovers – an average of 21-9 per game.
  17. submitted on Today, 09:15 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher FINAL SCORE: Texas 56 – Texas Tech 41 1st Half: Texas 29 – Texas Tech 19 As soon as Cam Ridley caught an entry pass into the post, Tech rolled a double team. It produced a turnover from Ridley. The Red Raiders stayed with the quick rotation on defense throughout the half. Texas Tech started off with a three-pointer, but then missed their next 5 shots. Not the hot start they need to stay competitive. But the Texas offense obliged by missing a few easy buckets and the Red Raiders were gifted a 6-0 run. Tech has 11 rebounds in the first 12 minutes and is rotating aggressively on defense. They aren’t playing like a team that hasn’t won in Austin since 1996. Texas Tech is using the high post much more effectively than Texas in the first 15 minutes. The Horns have a considerable size advantage, but aren’t using it. Consecutive 3’s by Felix put Texas up by 7 with 1:08 in the half. The story has been mini-runs by both teams, but five three pointers in the half are carrying the Horns’ offense. 2nd Half: Texas 27 – Texas Tech 22 Myles Turner and Javan Felix are the only two players on the team that actively look to score. Turner scored on a catch-and-shoot from the high post, reinforcing why he should not be hovering outside near the three point line. Texas Tech is trying to stay patient on offense, but the Horns’ length and hustle in the zone are forcing them into low percentage shots or shot clock violations. At the 10:30 mark, Turner was 8-10 from the floor with 19 points. Tech had no answer for him. After shooting free throws very well as a team throughout the first half of the season, the Longhorns have been much less consistent this month – in both the number of trips they take per game and their shooting percentage. Top takeaways 1. When Texas took a 10-point lead right before the halftime buzzer, this game was over. Tech doesn’t have the talent to comeback from that kind of deficit on the road. Credit them for hanging around, but it wasn’t going to happen for them tonight. 2. Kendal Yancy was trending positively; Jonathan Holmes was back on the floor tonight; Isaiah Taylor has been scoring almost at will…but tonight belonged to Myles Turner. The freshman needs to bottle confidence from tonight and carry it into the February stretch. Turner finished with 25 points (10-13 shooting), 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. The stat story Myles Turner had 9 points and 7 rebounds in the first half. Tech hustled for 14 rebounds in the first half – only one less than Texas. Demarcus Holland only played 12 minutes. Keep an eye on that this week…. Texas shot 44.4% in the first half (12-27) and again in the second half (8-18). Tech was held to 33.3% from the floor and was under 30% from beyond the arc. Looking ahead It’s make-or-break time for Texas – 3 of the next 4 games are on the road (OU, WVU & KU) and the lone home game is against Iowa State. The Horns have painted themselves into a corner with early struggles, so the remainder of February is now critical for postseason positioning.
  18. submitted on Today, 09:54 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (16-8, 5-6 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (12-13, 2-10 Big 12) Saturday, February 14, 2015 – 7:00PM (CST) The game will be televised nationally by Longhorn Network. PREDICTION On Valentine's Day. the Texas Longhorns plan to show no love to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Rick Barnes will have his troops ready for the game tonight. The Longhorns have backed themselves into a corner, and almost need to win out to get a good seed in the Tournament. Will that happen? Not likely - butt they do have winnable home games. The Longhorns must take care of business tonight, and I believe they will emphatically. Texas 65- Tech 51 TEXAS TECH SERIES INFO Last meeting: Texas 70-61 (1/3/15; Lubbock). Texas leads the all-time series, 80-54. Texas has won 12 of the last 13, and 18 of the last 20. TEXAS TRENDS Junior center Cameron Ridley recorded his second double-double in the last four games with his 15-point, 12-rebound effort in Wednesday's win against TCU. Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy is averaging 28.7 minutes/ game over the last three contests. The Horns limited TCU to 28.8% FG shooting (15-of-52). It was the sixth time this year UT has held its opponent below 30% FG shooting (6-0 record in those games). In the last two games (both wins @KSU and vs TCU), the Longhorn defense has limited their opponent to an average of 50.0 points/game on a combined 30.3% FG shooting (30-of-99). TEXAS TECH NOTES Texas Tech has used eight different starting lineups this season. At one point, Texas Tech started the youngest starting lineup in the country with four freshmen and a sophomore. In their last two wins, Tech used the lineup of Randy Onwuasor (G), Robert Turner (G), Devaugntah Williams (SF), Zach Smith (PF), Isaiah Manderson ©. The Red Raiders have lost 14 straight away from Lubbock, including all nine played this season. Tech has not won in Austin since Feb. 24, 1996. Texas Tech knows how to get to the free throw line. Texas Tech is eighth in the nation in free throw attempts (616) and 34th in free throws made (401). Over the last 12 games, eight diff erent players have led the team in scoring.
  19. 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.
  20. submitted on Today, 10:30 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan Texas (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) vs. TCU (14-9, 1-9 Big 12) Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 7:00PM (CST) The game will be televised by Longhorn Network TCU SERIES INFO Texas has won 10 straight and 14 of the last 15 meetings against TCU entering Wednesday's game in Austin. Last meeting: Texas 66-48 (Jan. 19, 2015; Fort Worth). Texas leads the all-time series 105-62. The Longhorns hold a 61-19 advantage in games played in Austin. Texas has won 12 straight home games against the Horned Frogs entering Wednesday's contest. TEXAS NOTES Texas coach Rick Barnes enters Wednesday's contest with an overall career record of 599-308 (.660) in 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach. With a victory, Barnes will become just the 13th active NCAA Division I men's basketball coach to reach the 600-win milestone. Sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor is averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game over the last six contests. In their last game, the Horns limited K-State to 31.9% FG shooting (15-of-47). Texas also posted a 22-10 advantage in points in the paint. UT is averaging 7.7 blocks per contest in its first 23 games this year (176 total blocks) – that mark ranks first nationally in blocks per game (thru games of Feb. 7). TCU NOTES In the last three games (Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State), senior Kyan Anderson has dished out five or more assists in each contest. Sophomore Kenrich Williams has come on since scoring 10 points against Texas last month. In the last six games, Williams has five double-digit scoring outings, and is averaging 10.2 points a contest. The sophomore has also been dominant on the glass, averaging a team-leading 7.3 boards in the six games, while playing the second-most minutes of anyone during that stretch (29.7 minutes). In the last five games combined, the Frogs have out-rebounded nationally ranked Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, Baylor and Oklahoma in offensive rebounds by a combined 91-64. In six out of TCU's nine losses this season, the Frogs have either led or trailed by single-digits in the last 5 minutes of the ball game.
  21. So LHN did an interesting feature on uniforms and shoes this last week with the Longhorn Equipment Manager, Rob Lazare. If you ever have the chance to meet Rob, he's a great guy and, like many at our University, he is a class act. If you didn't get a chance to see it, here's the video:
  22. submitted on Today, 06:28 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan On Saturday, the Texas Longhorn basketball team traveled to Manhattan, KS, the Little Apple, to play Kansas State. The Longhorns survived the road trip and narrowly beat the Wildcats 61-57, despite not having any field goals in the game's final eight minutes. With two winnable home games next on the schedule, this was an important victory if Rick Barnes has aspirations of getting this team back to .500 in conference play. Texas and Kansas State both had a pair of players miss the game, and the Horns took advantage of Marcus Foster's absence. Looking more closely at the game... The Good Isaiah Taylor had 23 points and was the catalyst for Texas offensively. Connor Lammert played a really good game and asserted himself on the floor. Effort and production like he showed today would make Lammert a viable starter. The Longhorns went nearly 11 minutes into the game and did not turn the ball over. After Wednesday night's turnover-plagued loss to Oklahoma State, that was a key to this game. . The Bad After not turning the ball over in the first 11 minutes, Texas resumed old habits and was careless with the basketball. This team must do a better job of valuing possessions. The Horns' 3-point defense - The Wildcats shot 50% from beyond the arc and Texas continually left Tre Harris open. The Ugly The Longhorns played aggressively enough to make steady trips to the free throw line...but they were terrible from the charity stripe, only shooting 62%. Isaiah Taylor missed crucial free throws with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Those misses easily could have sunk the Longhorns. If Taylor is going to be the go-to guy for this team offensively, he must make those shots. Epilogue This was a crucial win for the Longhorns. Not only did it stop the bleeding, but it sets up a potential 3-game winning streak - Texas hosts Texas Tech and TCU at the Drum next week. If the Longhorns win those games, the team has a chance to get that early season swagger back. Saturday's victory had plenty of ugly moments, but winning on the road in the Big 12 is never going to be easy. Perhaps the best sign of the afternoon is that the Longhorns never looked rattled, stayed in the game, and denied letting the Wildcats pull away. Given this team's trajectory, that is a big deal.
  23. submitted on Today, 11:38 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan #25/nr Texas (14-8, 3-6 Big 12) at Kansas State (12-11, 5-5 Big 12) Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 3:00PM (CST) Bramlage Coliseum - Manhattan, Kansas The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. PREDICTION The Wildcats started hot in conference play but have since cooled off. Marcus Foster was suspended against Texas Tech and it is possible that he will be suspended for the game against Texas as well. If that is the case, Texas must take advantage and use this game to get back on track. Since the Horns are not protecting home court, they need to win games like this on the road. Expect Texas to start the game slow and not score many points. If Marcus Foster is out, I expect Kansas State will do the same. This should be a low scoring game that I believe Texas ends up losing. Kansas State 59 - Texas 54 KANSAS STATE SERIES INFO K-State leads the all-time series, 17-11. Last meeting (February 8, 2014; Manhattan) – K-State 74 – Texas 57. The Longhorns are 10-11 against K-State during the Rick Barnes era. TEXAS NOTES Texas leads the nation in blocked shots per game (7.7 bpg). The Horns have blocked at least eight shots in 13 of their first 22 contests. Sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor is averaging 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game over the last five contests entering Saturday's game in Manhattan. In the overtime loss to Oklahoma State, both Isaiah Taylor (43) and Damarcus Holland (42) played more than 40 minutes. KANSAS STATE NOTES K-State is averaging 71.2 points in 12 wins (51% shooting, including 42% from 3-point range). By contrast, KSU averages 57.5 points in their 10 losses (38% shooting, including 29% from 3-point range). 3 players average scoring in double figures (Marcus Foster, Nino Williams and Thomas Gipson), and 9 players have had at least one double-digit scoring game this season. The team has an assist on 62% (2nd in the Big 12) of field goals. 16 of 22 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 8 by 5 points or less. Marcus Foster leads the Wildcats in 8 offensive categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), field goals (98), field goals attempted (234), 3-point field goals (54), 3-point field goals attempted (136), double-digit scoring games (18), 20-point games (4) and minutes (29.2). K-State ranks in the Top 35 nationally in free throw attempts (532/24th) and free throws made (359/31st).
  24. submitted on Today, 10:49 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Matt Cotcher @mlcotcher FINAL SCORE: Oklahoma State 65 – Texas 63 1st Half: Oklahoma State 35 – Texas 24 On the opening possession, Myles Turner passed on an open 15 footer and attacked the rim. That’s exactly the mentality he needs – not just tonight, but for the rest of the season. Texas started the game in man-to-man defense, but they’re 1-3 from the field and have 5 turnovers on offense. The defensive alignment doesn’t matter at this rate. Kendal Yancy drove to the hoop on two straight possessions – that’s another extremely important change if Texas is going to turn their season around. Barnes tried an interesting lineup that hasn’t played much yet (despite the heavy rotation):Taylor – Holland – Yancy – Turner – Ridley Three consecutive 3-pointers opened up a 15 point lead for the Cowboys, but when the Texas offense is on pace for 20 points and 13 turnovers in the half, made 3’s by the opponent aren’t the issue. 2nd Half: Texas 32 – Oklahoma State 21 Jonathan Holmes went down hard early in the half. He was taken off the court and straight to the locker room. He was walking under his own power but was visibly woozy. The Pokes are 2 of their last 10 from the floor. They are missing some decent looks, but Texas is also playing better defense. The Horns are up to 17 turnovers at the 7:38 mark in the 2nd half. The rest of the stats are skewed by that total (ex: 44% field goals & 50% 3-point field goals). Credit Travis Ford for slowing his team down. OSU is letting Texas lose. Damarcus Holland is 4-4 from 3-point-range. He is the only reason the Horns are within striking distance. Isaiah Taylor drove to the bucket 4 times in the game’s final two minutes. He went to his right every time, and OSU still couldn’t stop him. Overtime Oklahoma State 9 – Texas 7 Myles Turner is growing roots on the bench. Taylor and Ridley both have 4 fouls, the Longhorns don’t want to see double overtime. Phil Forte missed a foul shot but made the second attempt to put the Cowboys up by 1. Forte has had a forgettable night. Trailing by one, Lammert only made 1 of 2 free throws with 15 seconds left to tie the game. Forte made a pair of free throws to give OSU a 2-point lead with 2.1 seconds. The Horns need a miracle and Jonathan Holmes isn’t on the floor. Top takeaways 1. Texas is shooting 74% from the free throw line on the season. They shot 73% tonight. The timing of those misses was a killer. 2. Even before Holmes went to the locker room, Barnes was using a 3-guard lineup after a month of “we need better guard play”. Curious timing even though the team needed a shakeup. The stat story In the first half Texas had 13 turnovers. That total exceed their field goals, and their defensive rebounds. 18 total Texas turnovers. OSU had 18 points off turnovers. Texas did not score a single fast break point. Texas only attempted two more free throws than Oklahoma State made. Jonathan Holmes only played 10 minutes and did not score. Anthony Hickey was 3-3 from beyond the arc and scored 15 total points. He was critical to OSU’s win. Even with the added overtime minutes, Prince Ibeh and Jordan Barnett still played less than 9 minutes each. Rick Barnes only rotated 7 players tonight. Looking ahead On Saturday, Texas travels to Manhattan, KS to play the Wildcats. At their current pace that game will be ugly. The team then has back-to-back home games with TCU and Texas Tech.
  25. submitted on Today, 07:01 PM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Chris Flanagan #25/nr Texas (14-7, 3-5 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (14-7, 4-5 Big 12) Wednesday, February 4 – 7:00PM (CST) The game will be televised by Longhorn Network. Prediction Oklahoma State and Texas are both 14-7. Both have a lot to gain and both have a lot to lose. As reported here on Horn Sports, Texas practices well but fails to put that preparation into games. If that trend continues, it's certainly going to be an issue moving forward. The question that starts with the game against the Cowboys is whether the Texas Longhorns remove some of the water from the sinking ship that is the current season or if Oklahoma State put another torpedo into the hull that is Longhorns basketball? This is the part that I would say "oh the Texas Longhorns are due for a win.", but I won't do that here. They will win because the momentum of National Signing Day will carryover to the drum and the Texas Longhorns will defend thrit home court. Texas 64 - Oklahoma State 60 OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES INFO Last meeting: OSU won, 69-58 on January 10, 2015 (in Stillwater). An Oklahoma State win would be the Cowboys' sixth in their last seven games with Texas (dating back to 2012). Texas leads the all-time series 46-40. Texas has a 26-12 record in games against Oklahoma State in Austin. The Horns have won 9 of the last 10 meetings at home against the Cowboys. Texas is 27-16 against Oklahoma State since the inception of the Big 12 Conference (prior to start of 1996-97 season). TEXAS NOTES Texas leads the nation in blocked shots per game (7.8 bpg). UT had 12 blocks (tying the school record for most blocks in a Big 12 game) in the game against Oklahoma State earlier this season. In Saturday's loss at Baylor, sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor recorded his first career double-double (16 points, 10 assists), and junior center Cameron Ridley had his first double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds). Texas is 2-3 in their last 5 games in the Erwin Center. Against Baylor: Texas was outrebounded ( 43-39), and allowed opponent team season highs in assists (24), three pointers made (12-of-22) and three-point FG percentage (.545). On the positive side, Texas posted its highest assist-to-turnover ratio (+11, 21 assists to 10 turnovers) in Big 12 Conference play this year. OKLAHOMA STATE NOTES The Cowboys own three wins over teams with RPI’s in the top 50 and five wins over teams with RPI’s in the top 100. Phil Forte (17.3 points per game) and Le'Bryan Nash (16.9 points per game) lead Oklahoma State in scoring. Anthony Hickey (coming off a 10-point, eight-rebound, three-steal game against the Sooners) is a difference-maker for the Cowboys. In OSU's 14 wins, Hickey averages 8.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 44% from the field and 36% from three-point range. In OSU's seven losses, Hickey only averages 8.0 points, and 2.4 assists per game, and shoots 33% from the field and 27% from beyond the arc. Michael Cobbins is the Pokes’ interior enforcer. He is second in the Big 12 with 2.28 blocked shots per game.

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