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Texas falls behind early and never comes back in 73-69 loss to Texas Tech


3 who mattered

  • Keenan Evans: Hobbled in  recent games with a foot injury, Evans played his most extensive action since the injury. He finished with a team-high 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists as the Red Raiders’ primary offensive weapon, adding eight key points down the stretch.
  • Jacob Young: He kept the Longhorns in the game in the first half. His strong shooting continued throughout the game as he finished with a career-high 29 points.
  • Jarrett Culver: The Red Raiders got a nice boost from Culver who scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds  for his second career double-double.

The turning point

Texas was poised to pull within one point when Kerwin Roach II’s layup was blocked by Zhaire Smith. It led to a transition layup by Keenan Evans and a 62-57 lead for the Red Raiders.

The crucial four-point turnaround helped the Red Raiders salt away the victory.

3 observations

  • The timing of Bamba’s entry into the game was interesting. Texas Tech had repeatedly carved up Texas’ defense  in the first 5 minutes of the game, but most of the points had  come outside the paint. It was strange the Smart waited until after his team was in a sizable hole.
  • Texas’ starting lineup looked tired in the first half. Combined, the starters hit 4 for 21 from the field and contributed only 12 combined points. If it hadn’t been for the strong play of Young and Bamba from the bench, the Longhorns might have been out of the game. The bench combined  for 16 first-half points.
  • Dylan Osetkowski had trouble getting involved in the game. His lack of activity was crucial as he limited to 4  points on 2-for-8 shooting.

The number: 55.6

Texas Tech salted away the victory by shooting 55.6 percent from the field in the second half. It was just enough offense to push the Red Raiders into the semifinals.

What’s next for Texas  basketball

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