Longhorn Men's Basketball

Longhorns Struggle Defensively in 87-71 Loss To TCU

Longhorns Struggle Defensively in 87-71 Loss To TCU

Following a disappointing home loss to Kansas State, the Texas Longhorns (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) traveled north on I-35 to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (17-8, 5-7 Big 12). Texas defeated TCU earlier this year in an overtime thriller, with a missed Jaylen Fisher layup at the end to give Texas a win. Fisher has since been lost to a season-ending knee injury; however, his absence did not hurt the Frogs Saturday as TCU rolled to an 87-71 win over Texas, their largest over Texas since 1987.

In a matchup between the second highest scoring offense in the Big 12 and the second highest scoring defense in the conference, offense won out as TCU jumped to an early lead and forced Texas to play catch up all day. TCU’s offense was clicking, shooting 54.8 percent, with four starters reaching double digits in scoring, led by Vladimir Brodziansky with 25 points. TCU’s Kouat Noi was another dagger in the Longhorns side all game, shooting 4-6 from three, with a total of 18 points in the game.

On a day where Texas struggled both offensively and defensively, the two bright spots were Mohamed Bamba, scoring 23 points just two short of matching a career high, and Eric Davis Jr. who scored 16 points, 3-3 from the three-point line to help Bamba keep the Longhorns within reach through the second half.

Three takeaways

  1. The Big 12’s best three-point shooting percentage team did not disappoint. Anytime Texas cut the lead to single digits in the second half, the Frogs would come back down the court and hit a three to keep their lead comfortable.
  2. With the two losses to Kansas State and TCU this week, the Longhorns fall to 9th place in the Big 12 with road trips to Norman and Lawrence still upcoming. Texas looks like they will be on the NCAA tournament Bubble watch for the rest of the year.
  3. Dylan Osetkowski shot 1-6 from the field today and is now 9-38 shooting in the past four games. Texas is 1-3 in those games.

Up Next: Texas returns to Austin for a Big Monday matchup against Baylor (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) who knocked off #10 Kansas 80-64 Saturday and has won three games in a row. Texas lost to Baylor earlier this year, 69-60 in Waco back on January 6th.

adam wagner

February 12th, 2018

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