Texas rolled to a 110-38 victory over Prairie View A&M. That is not a mistake. The Horns won by 72 points. It was the largest margin of victory since 1978 and was also the first time Texas scored over 100 points more than a year.
Texas led from the outset and ran away from Prairie View with a 30-6 run to end the first half. As expected, Texas' frontcourt dominated. Lamarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 16 rebounds (a career high). PJ Tucker was outstanding finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists (a career high). Brad Buckman also returned to the lineup and produced. Buckman had 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Texas defense was stellar as well. Prairie View A&M shot only 26% from the floor. Texas forced 21 turnovers and stole the ball 20 times. Only one player from Prairie View A&M scored in double figures while all five starters from Texas did.
It is hard to critique a 72 point home victory, but let's try. PJ played outstanding but did have four turnovers. Daniel Gibson played better with 14 points and seven rebounds. However, he distributed the ball nearly equally to both teams. Gibson had a seven assists but almost matched those with six turnovers. Texas had 17 turnovers as a team. That is way too many especially against a team from the Southland Conference. We must take care of the ball much better to have any shot against Memphis, Villanova, Oklahoma, etc.
Enjoy your New Year's Eve.
Next game for the Horns is Tuesday at #4 Memphis 1:30 PM on ESPN.