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Texas (9-13, 3-6 Big 12) at TCU (15-7, 4-5 Big 12)
Saturday, Feb. 4 - 12 p.m. CT - ESPN News
Stats and Opinions You Must Heed Before You Proceed
... has an RPI ranking of 43.
... averages 76.4 ppg (109th nationally).
... allows 68.9 ppg (97th nationally).
... averages 16.9 apg (second in the Big 12, 20th nationally).
... makes quick decisions on offense. They do a great job looking for the best shot instead of just any shot.
This is Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood, and everyone else is just livin’ in it. Sophomore PG Alex Robinson is a very generous guy on the court because he shares the ball. Robinson averages 11.3 ppg on 41 percent shooting and 5.45 apg (35th nationally and second in the Big 12).
Robinson is patient, calculated and composed. He does a very good job making the decisions that typically result in the best possible shot for his teammates and himself.
Robinson is a great ball handler and passer. He uses fakes and hesitation to create space, and understands how to probe the defense to find openings in a variety of ways.
Robinson has the ability to finish tough shots around the rim in traffic.
Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky averages 14.2 ppg (team leader) on 62 percent shooting (first in the Big 12, 16th nationally). Brodziansky pulls down 6 rpg and swats shots away to the tune of 2.4 bpg (second in the Big 12 and 24th nationally).
Brodziansky shoots a high percentage in part due to forming a dynamic duo on the pick and roll with Robinson. Robinson does a great job of putting Brodziansky in ideal situations, as he receives the ball in stride flowing towards the goal.
Brodziansky has a few nice post moves that involve fakes, pivots and patience.
Over under on how many times Texas fans say they got Brodziansky-ed today - 12.
Junior guard Kenrich “Windex” Williams cleans up on the glass and can take over the game with his rebounding prowess.
Williams averages 9.4 rpg and 10.4 ppg on 45 percent shooting. Williams grabs 3.3 offensive rpg (second in the Big 12 and 28th nationally).
Jaylen Fisher averages 9 ppg on 38.5 percent shooting and 4.3 apg.
A lot of teams would be happy to have freshman guard Jaylen Fisher as their starting PG. Yet, he plays second fiddle on this team behind Robinson. No matter, he'll take the reins soon enough.
Fisher is a good ball handler and willing passer.
He can do everything. Drive, floaters, hit the mid-range jumper and shoot the three. He hasn't had tons of opportunities to do so and is clearly trying to get others involved first, but he's capable nonetheless.
TCU will initially try to get easy buckets through off the ball movement. However, they do well to swing the ball to the opposite wing for three pointers as a secondary option.
“We’ve put our offense in place with the thought that the 3-point shot was going to be a big part of it,” Head Coach Jamie Dixon said.
TCU will mix in a 2-3 zone defense at times.
• WINNING A CLOSE ONE: 11-of-22 Texas games have been decided by five points or less. UT (4-7 in those contests on the year) has won two of its last three games in this fashion entering Saturday's game at TCU, including Wednesday's 62-58 home victory against Texas Tech.
• ALLEN BETTER IN BIG 12 PLAY: After averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg in his first 12 contests during non-conference play, freshman forward Jarrett Allen has increased his average to a team-best 15.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game during his first nine Big 12 Conference contests.
• DAVIS FINDING THE RANGE: Sophomore guard Eric Davis has averaged a team-high 14.7 points per contest while converting 16-of-28 (.571) field goals, including 10-of-21 (.476) threes, in Texas’ last three contests. In the victory against Texas Tech on Wednesday, Davis scored 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 threes), with one of those being the go-ahead 3-pointer with 29 seconds left. Davis played a career-high 37 minutes against the Red Raiders.
What Texas Does Well:
Opponents have a difficult time shooting the three against Texas. Longhorn opponents only average 29.9 percent on 3-PT attempts (11th best in the country and first in the Big 12).
Jarrett Allen has eight double doubles, which is second best in the conference and 45th best nationally.
Texas has improved defensively as the year has gone on. Currently, Longhorn opponents shoot 41 percent from the floor (65th nationally).
(Radio guy voice) And now it’s time for…
“You already knew the bad news, but I had to tell you anyway”:
Texas ranks 270th or worse in the following categories: scoring (268th, close enough!), assist/turnover ratio, assists, free throw percentage, three point FG percentage, three point FGs pg.
Recap of TCU 64-61 Jan. 11 win over Texas
Short Version: Texas led by seven points with ten minutes left. Texas collapsed down the stretch. Jarrett Allen played great. No one else did much of anything offensively. Horned Frogs Robinson and Brodziansky picked Texas apart with the pick and roll. Jaylen Fisher had a big game too.
Texas actually shot well from the free throw line but didn’t get there often. This was one of the first games that Texas actually fed the post players a decent amount. Texas controlled themselves and didn’t jack up too many threes. Roach and Jacob Young played poorly. This was Tevin Mack’s last game before being suspended.
This next portion was taken directly taken from my Knee Jerk Reaction after TCU beat Texas 64-61 in Austin.
After an Eric Davis three pointer, Texas held a 51-44 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
TCU went on a 14-2 run led by Vlad Brodziansky and Jaylen Fisher (three FGs each during the six minute run).
The Longhorns lost because they went 4-of-13 on FGs with five turnovers in the final 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, TCU finished 8-of-17 on FGs with three turnovers over the final 10 minutes, leading to a 20-10 advantage.
Texas fumbled away 17 turnovers, leading to 17 TCU points.
Texas could not stop the combination of Alex Robinson (six points and seven assists) and Vlad Brodziansky (19 points and six rebounds) on the pick and roll.
TCU also relied on Jaylen Fisher (16 points, 4-of-8 on 3-PT FGs), who led the Horned Frogs to a strong first half which saw TCU shoot 57 percent (16-of 28) from the field.
Allen had a big game (18 points, 8-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, a steal and only two turnovers). Allen worked tirelessly to gain deep post position and get his hook shots up quickly.
Texas guards did well to get the ball into Allen early in the possession.
Besides Allen, no Texas player scored more than three baskets for UT.
TCU scored 38 points in the paint. TCU achieved this thanks to perfectly timed pocket passes by the guards off the pick and roll.
TCU also found three point shooters on the backside of the pick and roll as a secondary option.
Texas only had 10 assists but they missed some good looks. For the most part, Texas moved the ball around and everyone got touches, it just didn’t finish.
Both teams only finished with one steal but got their hands on the basketball at least three times each defensively to make TCU uneasy.
The game plan was clear tonight, get the ball inside and avoid perimeter shots. Texas only shot 14 threes.
Coming into tonight, Texas was shooting 30.5 percent on 3-PT FGs (316th).
The problem? The Longhorns nearly matched their season average, going 4-of-14 (29 percent).
Texas was 9-of-11 from the FT line, good for 82 percent. An improvement percentage wise but Texas has to get to the line more often.
Texas’ leading scorer Tevin Mack finished with on just 3-of-6 shooting. I can’t recall him being less involved in a game offensively this year.
Roach did not play well. He finished 3-of-9 for seven points, adding three assists and four turnovers.
Roach came into the game scoring 16 ppg (83 percent shooting) and dishing out 5.5 apg in his last two Big 12 contests.
Jacob Young made at least five inexcusable errors. Physical errors are understandable, basic mental errors have to be removed.
And One...A Final Thought
Texas had its best game as it relates to entry passes and Allen’s off the ball work in the post. The offensive ball movement is slowly improving.
The defensive intensity was consistent enough tonight, especially in the first half.
For the most part, Texas did a nice job of putting individuals in positions to play to their strength and avoid their weaknesses.