SCOUTING TEXAS: An inside look

Breaking down the Texas Longhorns as they prepare for the the LSU Tigers in today's Elite Eight matchup.

Texas Longhorns

 

Conference: Big XII

Overall record: 30-6

Conference record: 13-4

Coach: Rick Barnes

 

Record vs. NCAA teams: 11-2

 

Results vs. NCAA teams:

Beat: Southern 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: 76

Points allowed: 60

Scoring margin: +16

 

FG percentage: .467

FG allowed: .383

 

3PT percentage: .380

3PT allowed: .326

3PT-to-FG attempts: .339

 

FT percentage: .721

FT totals: 487/675

 

Starting Five:

G         So.       Daniel Gibson               6-2       190      13.9

G         Sr.        Kenton Paulino             6-1       185      9.7

F         Jr.         P.J. Tucker                 6-5       225      16.2

F         Sr.        Brad Buckman              6-8       235      8.3

C         Sr.        LaMarcus Aldrige          6-10     237      15.3

 

First off the bench:

G         Fr.        A.J. Abrams                 5-11     155      6.2

F         So.       Mike Williams                6-7       230      2.1

F         Fr.        Connor Atchley             6-9       225      2.5

 

The skinny:

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 West Virginia 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.

 

Prediction:

Lots of people say LSU can play with Texas, 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 73


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