NCAA Basketball: Reasons Behind Texas Longhorns' Subpar Performances Revealed
The Texas Longhorns have not seemed to be living up to the expectations that were set for them this season.
To make matters worse, they have fallen to a 6-6 record, after losing to Kent State on Tuesday night at home, with a final tally of 63-58. As noted in a post-game report by DallasNews.com, Texas put on a horrible shooting display, logging in a mere 36 percent from the field. They were also struggling from three-point land, as they only shot 11 percent (2 out of 18).
As far as ball handling goes, the Longhorns were also a disappointment. The team racked up a total of 18 turnovers, while only shooting 58 percent from the free throw line.
The below average performance by the Longhorns is being analyzed and attributed to a number of reasons. According to Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports, one of them is partially due to the fact that the team has no legitimate point guard to run the offense.
As noted by Eisenberg, team management was never really able to fill the void left by the departure of Isaiah Taylor, who chose to turn pro last spring. This had left head coach Shaka Smart to utilize younger players such as Andrew Jones and Kerwin Roach to man the point guard position, but both were said to have been "lacking the passing ability and court vision" that Taylor had previously exhibited.
Another factor that Eisenberg pointed out was the team's poor outside shooting. In the 12 games that the Longhorns have played so far, they have only put up a shooting percentage below 30 percent, and is deemed to be the worst output from any college basketball team in the United States. Guard Tevin Mack is the only player on the team who has been shooting above 40 percent, while the other members have not played their part effectively.
The Longhorns are scheduled to play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders next. The game will be played on January 3rd at the Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
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