Taylor, Ibeh Huge in Texas' Victory over KSU

Isaiah Taylor, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert put together clutch performances in UT's 61-57 win over Kansas State. Here are five thoughts from UT's victory:

Longhorns snap four-game losing streak with a must-win in Manhattan of all places.

Texas improves to 15-8 (4-6 in Big 12).

UT with two winnable games next week (both at home) vs. TCU (Feb. 11) and Texas Tech (Feb. 14).


Five Thoughts


Prince Ibeh's numbers won't blow you away - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, several blocks - but he may have been the MVP of the game, at least in the second half. His defense on Gipson in the final 10 seconds of the game - standing his ground with hands up, causing Gipson to badly miss potential game-tying shot - was as good as you could get in that situation (Texas would get loose ball tie-up and win game). His ability to either swat or alter shots at/around the rim was one of the main reasons the Longhorns were able to hold off any late surge by the Wildcats. This very well could have been his best game of his career. He was that dominant.


Slowly, but surely, Isaiah Taylor is starting to round back into form. He led all scorers with 23 points points. He could get inside the paint anytime he wanted, had his floater working (for the second straight game) and was making better decisions kicking the ball out to the perimeter when his shot wasn't there. He missed two potentially season-ending FTs late but got a chance to redeem himself with 1.7 seconds and nailed both. He was 11-of-15 from the FT line. Clutch game for Zay.


Connor Lammert was clutch in many facets - from the three-point line (where he was 3-of-6); on the boards (had 9 total); and from the little things that he always does well (not leaving feet on pump fakes, setting solid screens, good ball-help defense, ability to stretch to perimeter and effectively guard smaller/quicker guards. He was really, really good in a game that he had to be without Johnathan Holmes.


Kendal Yancy's confidence is slowly starting to get to where the coaches are wanting it (7 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds). He's had the ability to drive the lane all season but has been hesitant about putting up his shot. That wasn't the case today. Yancy created either for himself or others with some nice penetration, and also hit a HUGE three from NBA range in the second half that Lammert followed up with a three to stretch Texas' lead to 7.


Lammert and Ibeh's play left Turner as the odd man out for big chunks of the game. I wholeheartedly understand riding the hot hand, but even when Turner was in - and had position down low - he didn't get the ball enough (not even close). Guards are still having trouble feeding post. Turner finished with 7 points and only 1 rebound.


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