First of all, there was sustained effort and execution for 40 minutes from the Horns (6-5), who improved to 6-1 at home this season and were consistently the more aggressive team against an undermanned UAB (5-7).
"We don't have school right now," said Texas coach Shaka Smart, referring to UT's holiday break from classes. "So a lot of guys are getting in some good work on their own. I think we're really seeing some improvement from guys like Andrew Jones and even Eric Davis."
Freshman Andrew Jones got the start at point guard and keeps showing you more and more confidence (16 points on 6-of-10 shooting).
Freshman big man Jarrett Allen was a beast with 16 points and 6 boards on 8-of-9 shooting.
Texas sophomore guard Kerwin Roach, who started off the ball, had 5 assists and 5 steals
Tevin Mack overcame an 0-for-4 shooting start to finish with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
Eric Davis overcame his benching vs Arkansas Saturday and a slow start (with a couple turnovers and fouling a 3-point shooter in his first 57 seconds against UAB) to hit a couple 3s and finish 3-of-6 shooting for 9 points.
Senior G Kendal Yancy came off the bench for 14 points on 5-of-7 FGs.
AND TAKE A PICTURE! The Horns, a 65.5 percent FT shooting team coming into Wednesday night's game, finished 12 of 12 from the FT line.
If free throws are all about confidence, then you could say this was the most confident effort of the season for the Horns.
NEXT UP FOR TEXAS: 6 pm, Dec. 27 at home vs Kent State (ESPNU) ... in the Horns' last game before Big 12 play
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