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As Texas basketball’s season teeters on edge, Rodney Terry must fix this team now

Here lies the Texas basketball team.

Born Nov. 6.

Died Jan. 17.

Cause of death was unnatural causes.

But the symptoms were a gross lack of leadership in crunch time, a bad case of defensive lapses, a clear shortage of toughness, poor fundamentals and an inability to finish games. Otherwise, the Longhorns were in great health.

Now perhaps the rumors of these Longhorns’ demise are greatly exaggerated and that will bear out over the final 14 games of the season. Or maybe they’re as true as their painful 77-71 defeat at the hands of UCF in front of a totally exasperated crowd of 11,235 at Moody Center could foretell an early end to a promising season.

Texas players stand for “The Eyes of Texas” following Wednesday night’s 77-71 loss to Central Florida at Moody Center. It dropped the Longhorns to 1-3 in the Big 12 standings.

The Knights badly outrebounded the Horns by 15 as every one of their players seemed like he was 6-feet-8 with arms longer than flagpoles. Their bench outscored the home team’s reserves 34-7. UCF scored 12 more points in the paint than Texas.

Pure and simple, UCF was the better team. And, remember, this is a team that just beat mighty Kansas and barely lost to No. 18 BYU.

More: Texas reported athletic department revenue of $271 million in 2023, a record for NCAA schools

So what’s wrong?

“I don’t think anything is wrong with us,” said forward Dylan Disu, who has been one of Texas’ most reliable players but had just seven points and again was in foul trouble. “We’ve just got to figure out how to play hard for 40 minutes.”

They better learn fast how to play hard that completely or they’ll hardly be noticed, come March.

Texas forward Ze’Rik Onyema and Central Florida forward Ibrahima Diallo battle for a rebound during Wednesday night’s game. The Knights outrebounded the Longhorns by a 15-rebound margin.

Texas has time, but its season is on the cliff’s edge

Texas isn’t listed on anyone’s current 68-team NCAA Tournament field or even one of the last…


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Author : Austin American-Statesman

Publish date : 2024-01-18 20:32:57

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