Here's a quick look from the Texas Longhorns' 73-47 loss to the No. 14-ranked Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
How the Longhorns (11-14, 3-9 in the Big 12) Lost
Where do you start? The 12-for-55 night shooting from the floor? The three assists to 14 turnovers? The fact that the Longhorns couldn't get out of their own way at the offensive end of the floor, or that Kansas scored nearly as many points in the paint (38) as the Longhorns had all night? Any way you slice it, the Longhorns were inept in just about every phase of the game and never seemed to be in this one from the opening tip.
How the Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3) Won
This game was a lot more about what Texas didn't do as opposed to what Kansas did well. The Longhorns' undoing came mostly by way of sloppy ball handling and missed shots as opposed the Jayhawks simply dominating the ball game. Kansas equaled Texas' turnover total (14) and only grabbed three more total rebounds than Texas. Still, the Jayhawks were able to hit shots and Texas wasn't. Bill Self's team didn't have to be great to win going away in this one.
Take your pick of the Kansas foursome of Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson. All four were effective shooting from the floor (19-for-37), they combined for 23 rebounds, 11 assists, six steals and only four turnovers. They outscored the entire Texas team, 55-47.
It Was Over When...
When the game started. That's the way it felt. The Longhorns had a stretch of over eight minutes in the first half without hitting a field goal. Kansas built it's lead to 24-11 at that point and never looked back. Texas then went through another stretch thereafter of more than six minutes without a bucket. Over the final 15:55 of the first half the Longhorns had as many shot clock violations as field goals made (2).
To Myck Kabongo's willingness to take the ball to the basket. The Longhorns tried unsuccessfully to get their shooters loose with a bevy of screens, but using a high screen near the top of the key and hoping Kabongo could create something was the only thing that resembled consistently effective offense. He did go 9-for-10 from the foul line Saturday night, a lot of the times by taking it to the rack and drawing a foul.
To Nike. If Texas ever wears black jerseys again, it's safe to assume a similar result to the now two times Texas has worn alternate uniforms. Saturday night's 26-point loss was just as abysmal for Rick Barnes' team as the Longhorns' 97-66 loss to No. 1-ranked Duke during the 2005-06 season. The only difference is that game when Texas boasted a No. 2 national ranking seems like light years ago.
Was how poorly Texas shot the ball. The Longhorns' 12 field goals made set a new program record for futility, surpassing the 13 made field goals against Texas A&M on Mar. 1, 2006. The 21.8-percent night from the floor is the worst shooting night for a Texas team in a Big 12 game since the Longhorns shot 30 percent at Colorado on Mar. 1, 1997.
Was the lack of execution on offense. It wasn't like Kansas was contesting every shot. The Longhorns got some good looks at the rim and simply didn't convert. The offense never had any sort of flow and while the clean looks weren't falling the Longhorns were forced to throw up prayers near the basket and hope for an offensive rebound or for the shot to fall. The second half offensively was one of the worst stretches of offensive basketball this team has played this season, and that's saying a lot for this team.
Stat(s) of the Night
Kansas has now won eight of it's last night meetings against Texas. The Longhorns' ninth loss in Big 12 means Texas will have a non-winning Big 12 record for the second straight season and one more loss will mark the first losing conference record since the 1997-98 campaign. Texas lost the battles in points in the paint (38-16), points off turnovers (20-9), fast break points (14-4) and bench points (12-11). Kansas walk-on Tyler Self, son of head coach Bill Self, had as many field goals made (1) as Sheldon McClellan in 17 fewer minutes of action.
Story of the Day
The Longhorns were blown out, embarrassed, humiliated – anything else you want to throw into the mix to describe a team that was dominated in every possible way on a basketball court applies. This isn't a great offensive team, and Kansas is one of the top defensive teams in the country, but the Longhorns don't have an excuse for being incapable of hitting open shots. This is one of those games that no matter how you break it down the Longhorns never gave themselves a chance to win.
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