#1 …Texas' guards ignored Cam Ridley against KU. How does that happen after the previous two games?
On Saturday, Texas raced to an 11-2 lead. But Ridley didn’t attempt his first shot until the 8:31 mark of the first half – at the tail end of a 17-4 run by Kansas that swung the game in the Jayhawks’ favor.
At the time, it probably seemed like nit-picking to point it out the way I kept pointing it out in the HD LIVE GAME THREAD. But the longer Texas went without establishing an inside game, the more things were going to play into KU’s favor.
And that’s exactly what happened. Texas fell back in love with the outside jumper, going 2-of-10 from 3 as Kansas started to get into a rhythm and took a 32-30 lead.
Ridley scored 4 points in the first half – all in the final 2:53 – and came out and got the ball inside on UT’s first possession of the second half.
Ridley got fouled and hit 1-of-2 FTs. His next and final shot of the game came with 4:32 left – on a dunk – and Texas down 8 on its way to losing by 13.
Final line for Ridley: 8 points on 3-of-4 FG, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 blocks in 28 minutes
Isaiah Taylor, who scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting, but had just 1 assist, took the blame for not finding Ridley more.
“I take responsibility for that,” Taylor said. “He (Ridley) only took four shots. I have to do a better job of feeding the post and do a better job of recognizing the defense.”
#2 … Myles Turner is the best FT shooter in the Big 12, hitting 88.3 percent for the season. Yet he didn’t go to the FT line ONCE against Kansas. And it was because he settled for outside shots.
Turner fouled out with 2:06 left after a truly up and down game (great defense, but down because of poor shot selection) - 8 points on 4-of-11 shooting, 0-3 from 3pt, 8 rebounds (3 off reb) and 5 blocks.
Rick Barnes said after the game Turner could be a great “12-feet-and-in” player. “But he has to want to set up on the block and do it. It’s hard for guys to score starting with their back to the basket. But he can do it.”
Barnes agreed that right now, Turner isn’t looking to do that – instead looking to score from outside.
#3 … John Holmes hit 2 of his first 3 shots, including one inside, but he picked up his second foul with 8:11 left in the first half, right as Kansas was finishing up that 17-4 run, and sat the rest of the half.
Eight minutes without Holmes on the floor is like eight dog years for the UT offense without Holmes on the floor.
After Holmes left, the Longhorns went 3-of-10 shooting as KU built a 26-21 lead and continued to gain confidence, including the heating up of KU reserves Brannen Greene (14 points) and Cliff Alexander (15 points), who became the story of the game for Kansas as the Jayhawks' bench outscored Texas' 31-8.
#4 … Kansas had just 3 turnovers. Fewest by the Jayhawks in a game in 49 years.
Texas went away from its full-court pressure, used so effectively in wins vs WVU and TCU, allowing Kansas, which has a suspect PG in Frank Mason, to easily get the ball up the floor and set up its offense.
KU became the 6th team to shoot better than 40 percent vs the Longhorns (43.5 percent).
#5 … Next up: at Iowa State on Monday
Iowa State lost at Texas Tech on Saturday for the Red Raiders' first Big 12 win of the season (11-9, 1-6 B12).
That’s all Texas needed - a snarling mad Cyclones team (14-4, 4-2 B12) looking to bounce back at one of the best home courts in college basketball.
And if Texas doesn’t figure out how to pound the ball inside against an Iowa State team that also lacks size inside (but is the best shooting team in the Big 12), the Longhorns will probably be out of the Big 12 race – if they aren’t already.