The loss to UT last night was a lot more frustrating than the K-State game b/c unlike the 'cats, UT was very beatable in this game. A couple of their guys had standout efforts, including Connor "Lee Harvey" Atchley and Damion James, but overall they really didn't play that great. So how did we lose?
Mainly because of the one Achilles heel that plagued us against K-State and in a few other games: rebounding. We did a great job in the first half, then for some reason just went to sleep on boxout responsibilities down the stretch. How the hell could Damion James get more rebounds in the the 2nd half (13) than DJ and Shady COMBINED (10) for the whole game?? This seems to be the one area where we've really missed Julian... You can play brilliant defense all night (and I think our D overall was fine), but if you don't rebound the misses it's all for naught.
The other puzzler is our offensive drought in the 2nd half. UT's defense was good, but it wasn't suffocating; no way a team with this many weapons should be held in check like that for so long. Where was the creativity? Why did we stop pounding it inside? (DJ and Shady dominated offensively in the 1st.)
Another depressing note from the LJW:
This win for Texas marked the Longhorns’ third win of the season over a Top-10 team (they also beat Tennessee and UCLA). KU on the other hand hasn’t defeated a team currently in the Top-25 and is 1-2 against ranked foes this year (the win being at Southern Cal). Texas, at 20-4, may have a better case at this moment for a No. 1 seed than 23-2 Kansas based on strength of schedule. Two of Texas’ losses were to Top-25 teams - Michigan State and Wisconsin.