Now he is aware of A.J. Abrams' shooting ability.
The sophomore scored 28 points and made eight 3-pointers to lead Texas (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to a 92-66 win over Chicago State on Friday night in
the Austin regional championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer
"Scouting report didn't say he could shoot it like that,"
Jones said. "That kid is so poised. I didn't know he was that type
of shooter. He hit 8-of-11 3-pointers, and that is very unheard
Abrams expects teams will now pay more attention to him.
"I think teams will have to change their scouting report a
little to try and defend me," said Abrams, who averaged 6.4 points
last season. "I will be counted on to score more."
Abrams, selected the regional's most valuable player, hit five
3-pointers in the first eight minutes. Freshman Kevin Durant
collected his first collegiate double-double with 21 points and 13
rebounds, while classmates D.J. Augustin and Damion James added 13
and 14 points, respectively.
Texas (2-0) will travel to New York to play Michigan State on
Nov. 16 in the semifinals.
The Longhorns were outscored 36-28 in the paint and Texas coach
Rick Barnes noted that was one of the primary concerns for Texas
"I think we are going to shoot the ball well every night,"
Barnes said, "and the nights that we can't we have to continue to
develop a post game on the other end."
Cam-Ron Clay paced the Cougars (1-1) with 18 points, but Chicago
State shot 4-for-21 from behind the arc.
The Longhorns showed their range in the first half as five
different players connected from 3-point range. Texas connected on
10 of 16 3-pointers during the first 20 minutes.
Chicago State matched Texas' up-tempo pace and trailed by four
with 12:12 left in the half. Clay led the Cougars with 11
first-half points on 5-of-5 shooting. Three others had seven
The Longhorns ended the half on a 15-8 spurt to build a 14-point