It's Senior Night at the Drum, so if you're in Austin be sure to show up and support... um, okay there are no seniors. As you were.
Even without any seniors, the Longhorns (21-8, 10-6) will conclude their home slate for the season tonight against TCU (9-19, 0-16), which is still searching for its first conference win of the year. Texas could use a win after losing three games out of the brutal four-game stretch it just completed at Iowa State, at Kansas, versus Baylor, and at OU.
There might be greater cause for concern if tonight's game were a road contest -- and indeed, the Horned Frogs took Texas down to the wire in the first meeting in Fort Worth -- but over the past month the Longhorns have been as blistering at home as they have been icy on the road. Javan Felix alone will be trying to make it five straight home games with at least 4 three-pointers made.
This is a game in which the objectives are simple: (1) pick up a win, and (2) don't lose anyone to injury. If we open up a big lead, which seems likely, it wouldn't be a bad time to open up the bench minutes a bit more for the freshmen guards and see if one of Croaker, Walker, and Yancy shows a spark.
Other than that, it's standard fare here: limit turnovers, win in the paint, and find scoring opportunities with transition offense. At this time of year, all that matters is picking up the win, and I'll take it however it comes. I'm not expecting this one to cause any heartburn, though: Horns win comfortably, 74-60.