UT Dominant in must-win vs. Tech

Here are five thoughts from Texas' 65-53 must-win over the Red Raiders in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City:


If Texas gets this Isaiah Taylor the rest of the season, UT's run in March could linger longer than expected. The former Sports Illustrated cover boy played one of his more efficient games of the season despite shooting 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points.

He was his usual aggressive self but really helped Texas' offense flourish by making the extra pass on several occasions; he finished with 7 assists (and two steals).

Taylor makes this offense run. He has all season. But he's gotten himself in trouble plenty of times this season by not making the smart decision when he got caught in the air with no place to go.


Jonathan Holmes had another subpar shooting performance.

It wasn't the end-all, be-all for him because Texas lived to play another day. But it could be soon if he doesn't get that shot to fall.

Holmes, who hasn't shot well the past month, showed glimpses of getting back to form in the second half of the KSU game (hit consecutive threes to give UT a spark). But he missed his first two 3's on Wednesday while finishing 0-for-4 for the game beyond the arc.

In true Holmes fashion, he didn't hang his head and found a way to make an impact away from the flick of his wrist. He finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds, one steal, one block and an assist.


I've been preaching Connor Lammert needing to return to Mr. Glue during the postseason and he was just that against the Red Raiders.

In my opinion, Texas is its best self when the 6-foot-9/10 San Antonio native is doing a bit of everything just good enough. That was the case against TTU where he had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal.


Cameron Ridley was simply too big for Tech and his size really started to make a difference in the second half. Like a heavyweight wearing down his opponent, Ridley seemingly got where he wanted, when he wanted in the second half on his way to scoring 14 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. He'll have an opportunity to do much of the same against a small ISU team. But he'll have to find a way to contribute more than he did the last time Texas faced the Cyclones when he had just two points and six rebounds in 15 minutes.


Speaking of ISU, the Longhorns did a whole bunch right in that game (outscored ISU 34-24 in points in the paint, 15-3 advantage in second chance points, 10-7 lead in fast break points, equal with 13 points off turnovers). But UT got torched in FTs (ISU shot 33 compared to just 12 for UT, and ISU's bench outscored Texas' 33-13). The Cyclones are extremely well-coached and will get into the bodies of Texas' bigs. UT can't bite on pumpfakes. ISU is too good of a FT shooting team to give them free points in what should be a close game.


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