Texas Basketball is on a Roll as the Big 12 Tournament Approaches

After beating No. 3 Oklahoma, Texas hoops is on a roll heading towards the Big 12 Tournament

#1 ... HUGE day today for Texas men's and women's basketball after their winning performances on Saturday.

What a great atmosphere at the Erwin Center Saturday for the men's and women's games Saturday.

From Shaka Smart coming out and addressing the students waiting for their tickets by yelling "OU sucks!" Great move by Shaka - totally endearing himself to Texas' students. You can see it in this tweet:


From Shaka addressing the students and Mack Brown texting Shaka at 7:57 am Saturday morning and saying, "OU still sucks!" .... To the energy of the fans during the game ... to Texas withstanding a barrage of points from red-hot Buddy Hield (who scored 18 of OU's 23 points in one stretch in the first half) ... to the INCREDIBLE 22-0 run Texas had in the final 10 minutes of the game ... it was all fantastic for the Longhorns!

After I was out at Junior Day watching recruits come in to check in, I was out at Scholz's handing out #CreateChaos T-shirts (and will be again tonight at 6:30 pm before the KU game), and the energy was off the charts.

And then the Texas women handled business against TCU, setting up a chance to gain a share of the Big 12 title in their rematch at Baylor tonight.

What a day today!

The Texas men are facing the 12-time Big 12 regular-season champion Kansas Jayhawks, and the Texas women get a chance to take down their nemesis Baylor for a share of the Big 12 title.


#2 ... There is bad blood between Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and Texas women's coach Karen Aston.

Aston is a former assistant coach of Mulkey, and Mulkey has basically tried to take credit for every success Aston has had by saying Aston is running all of Mulkey's plays, etc., even though even Mulkey knows that stuff is pouring it on thick.

I thought Baylor was the tougher team mentally and physically when they met last month. Let's see if the Longhorns are ready to seize the moment tonight in Waco.


#3 ... The Texas men finally got rewarded for attacking the rim over and over again - and not getting calls from the officials for three-quarters of the game - before the momentum finally turned Texas' way IN EPIC FASHION!

A 22-0 RUN!!

The Texas crowd was indeed chreating chaos every step of the way. They never sat down. And suddenly the officials started rewarding the Horns for all of their attacking drives. Texas started getting calls, in pat, because the Texas crowd was so deafening, I don't think the officials wanted to get in the way of that (and also because the Horns were DESERVING of the calls).

At one point, Eric Davis drove him, got knocked backward (fouled), then Connor Lammert got whistled for a foul trying to get the loose ball.

It was an are-you-kidding-me moment in the game. But the Horns didn't get frustrated. They got determined. They kept driving and attacking Oklahoma's small interior instead of settling for jumpers. 

And Texas' depth paid of HUGE. They were able to send Demarcus Holland and Kendal Yancy at Hield - and even when switching on ball screens, Texas' depth paid off down the stretch.

Buddy Hield was 8-of-12 in the first half and had 23 points. He was 4-of-12 in the second half, finishing with 33 points.

UT's defense held the entire OU team scoreless for more than 6 minutes during that 22-0 run.


#4 ... Texas' first offensive option is always to drive the ball with Isaiah Taylor, Javan Felix and even Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach. But the Horns will have to hit some 3s tonight, too.

The Texas men are up against a different set of circumstances tonight against Kansas, which has size inside that OU doesn't have and the depth (OU doesn't have) to match Texas.

Texas' first offensive option is always to drive the ball with Isaiah Taylor, Javan Felix and even Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach. But the Horns will have to hit some 3s tonight, too.

Connor Lammert, who was 4-of-7 from 3-point range Saturday vs OU and hit a big 3 in the 22-0 run. Lammert was 5-of-7 from 3 vs Kansas in their first meeting, and he'll need to have a similar game tonight.

Texas will need to hit some 3s tonight, but the Horns need to hit them in the flow of their offense - after good ball movement, in transition, etc. - and not forced.


#4A ... Also, the Horns could use a solid performance from Prince Ibeh tonight.

Ibeh had 7 blocks at Kansas in the first meeting. Ibeh has been out of sorts the last several games, and the Horns could use the double-double version of Ibeh and not the guy who stepped to the FT line vs OU and missed all three attempts.

Ibeh seems to need to get involved offensively early in a game and see the ball go through the hoop to really feel good about himself and stay engaged.

So maybe the Horns try to go inside to him early.


#5 ... The Texas women will have to find an answer for Baylor's Alexis Jones - the sister of Texas incoming freshman 5-star PG Andrew Jones.

Alexis Jones got going early in the first meeting with Texas and finished with 29 points. And that's Alexis Jones' MO - if she gets going early, she tends to get in the zone.

So Empress Davenport, who loves to defend the other team's best perimeter player, and UT's other guards will have their hands full. 

But the Horns should be up for the challenge. They were embarrassed at home by BU. Let's see if Texas shows a fed-up determination that possibly propels the Horns to a share of the Big 12 title tonight in Waco.




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