Breaking down the Texas Longhorns as they prepare for the the LSU Tigers in today's Elite Eight matchup.
Record vs. NCAA
Results vs. NCAA teams:
89-56, West Virginia 76-75, Iowa 68-59,
Memphis 69-58, Villanova 58-55, Texas A&M 83-70, Kansas 80-55, Oklahoma
72-48, Texas A&M 74-70, Pennsylvania 60-52, NC
State 75-54, West Virginia 74-71.
Lost: Duke 97-66,
Tennessee 95-78, Oklahoma 82-72, Texas A&M 46-43, Kansas 80-68
Points per game:
P.J. Tucker 6-5 225 16.2
F Sr. Brad Buckman
First off the
Fr. A.J. Abrams
F So. Mike Williams
Texas went to the Final Four a few years back,
but this might be Rick Barnes' best team ever. The Longhorns have reached the
30-win plateau for the first time in school history and are riding a wave of
emotion after Kenton Paulino hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat
in the Sweet 16. Texas is no doubt the most athletic team LSU
will face this year with a superb frontcourt with arguably the best post played
in the country in LaMarcus Aldrige. Brad Buckman and P.J. Tucker added in the
equation give the Horns a trio of talented big men. But that is not all the
firepower Texas possesses. Guards Paulino and Gibson can
fill it full and freshman A.J. Abrams gives the Horns a spark off the bench.
Aldrige is the key to the Longhorns defense and he and Buckman make Texas' interior defense
very tough. But the Horns struggle when Tucker and Gibson do not play well. I
has been a roller coaster ride for Texas as they have beaten two of the
tournament's No. 1 seeds (Villanova, Memphis), but got drilled by Duke and
Tennessee in consecutive games.
Lots of people say LSU can play
but the Longhorns have the edge in athleticism and talent. Plus, there are
question marks about the Tigers' focus after such an emotional win over Duke in
the Sweet 16. LSU coach John Brady said to Darrel Mitchell after the win over
the Blue Devils, "one more game." Mitchell responded, "no coach, three more
games." That should answer any question about the Tigers focus. Plus, four seeds
have had a great deal of good fortune in the Elite Eight in the last 10 years.
Six No. 4s have advanced to the Final Four in the last decade.
LSU 75, Texas