Texas Starts To Find Offense

One of the common topics on the Texas basketball team goes like this: all defense, no offense.

And the stats certainly back that up. The Longhorns are first nationally in effective field goal percentage defense … and 299th in effective field goal percentage on offense.

But to quote Major League's Harry Doyle: "In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't," the Longhorns have actually started to put together some offense. Texas has put together a few solid shooting games, showing that they're potentially starting to grasp the little things that Texas coach Rick Barnes said they needed to do to score at a higher level.

But don't just take my word for it. Look at the field goal percentages. Texas has played 12 games against major conference teams this season. I've included all of them below.

Games where Texas shot 40 percent or better are bolded.

First Nine Games

USC — 20-54 (37.0 percent)

Mississippi State — 26-52 (50.0 percent)

Georgetown — 14-48 (29.2 percent)

UCLA — 23-62 (37.1 percent)

North Carolina — 30-74 (40.5 percent)

Michigan State — 19-52 (36.5 percent)

Baylor — 33-74 (44.6 percent)

West Virginia — 19-55 (34.5 percent)

Iowa State — 24-61 (39.3 percent)

Total — 208-532 (39.1 percent)

Last three games

Kansas — 25-56 (44.6)

Oklahoma — 27-61 (44.3 percent)

Texas Tech — 25-54 (46.3 percent)

Total — 77-171 (45.0 percent)

Additionally, Texas had more than 15 turnovers in four of the first nine games against major conference teams, and in none of the last three. One of those contests came in the Mississippi State game, where Texas shot 50 percent, but committed a whopping 22 turnovers.

In games against USC, Georgetown, UCLA, Michigan State, West Virginia and Iowa State, Texas made just 119 of 332 attempts, or 35.8 percent from the field. And out of the 12 total games, three of the top five shooting performances (more specifically, Nos. 2, 3 and 5) have come in the last three games.

It's also worth saying that there isn't really a "quality of competition" argument to be made. Out of the three most recent opponents, only Texas Tech isn't a top-100 defense in eFG percentage. And the Red Raiders aren't significantly worse in that area than West Virginia, a squad that Texas shot nearly 12 points worse against. And Kansas is second nationally in the category, behind only the Longhorns.

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