As I deal with the nightmare of trying to get back to Connecticut in the aftermath of this latest winter blast, here's my quick take on the Texas-Texas Tech game I did color for last night:
First off, Texas was very impressive in its 83-52 romp at Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Longhorns beat the Red Raiders in essentially every facet of the game, especially effort, which is huge for both teams. By that I mean Texas never took its foot off the pedal at the defensive end, and though the offense was fairly rudimentary, the emphasis on defensive intensity from Barnes and his staff translated on the floor.
UT freshman Cory Joseph was the only player on either side to hit a 3-pointer (he made three of them), as Texas simply threw the ball inside or scored on second shots the entire game, piling up 50 points in the paint. Up 25, Jordan Hamilton took a 3 in which he was not open, and it was on his first touch of the offense. Barnes pulled him and he responded without a hint of pouting and when he returned he scored at will, within the confines of the Horns' offense.
As for Texas Tech, that group is simply in bad shape right now. This senior-led team with John Roberson and Mike Singletary simply cannot hit jump shots and the ball does not move side to side in the TTU motion offense. It's almost like the Red Raiders have a "two or three pass and shoot" rule, and though they have some talent, the losses seem to be weighing on their mentality.
All in all, Texas looked the part of a dynamic defensive team with length, strength and athleticism, with the only question mark being 3-point shooting. The Red Raiders? They looked like a beaten team who needs to get a win against a weakling in order to regain their confidence.