For the eighth straight time under Coach Barnes, #16 Texas (12-2) opened Big 12 play with a victory, 89-64 over Colorado (10-2). The Horns scored the first seven points of the game, led by nineteen at halftime, and coasted to the victory. Texas has now won four straight games after back to back blowout losses.
Once again, the Texas frontcourt was the key. PJ Tucker led all scores with 24 points and added a career high 15 rebounds. No one in the Big 12 is playing better than Tucker. Lamarcus Aldridge also played well and finished just a rebound shy of another double-double (19 points and 9 rebounds). We also got solid games from Kenton Paulino (18 points) and Daniel Gibson (14 points and 5 rebounds).
The Horns' defense was dominant once again. Colorado struggled shooting the ball all game. The Buffs shot an abysmal 31% from the floor and only 24% from behind the arc. Texas also controlled the glass. The Horns outrebounded the Buffs 45-37.
This game was never close and never in doubt. The Horns are improving with every game. The Big 12 is not as tough as it has been in recent years. Oklahoma State is rebuilding, Kansas is young, and Oklahoma just lost their conference opener at Nebraska. Texas is the clear Big 12 favorite. Anything less than winning a conference championship will be a disappointment. Texas takes on Iowa State and the best backcourt in the Big 12 on ESPN 8 PM Central on Monday night.
Side Note: I did not make my half court shot. I was 0/2 with no points, no rebounds, no assists, and nothing positive accomplished. I didn't even hit the rim. One long shot off the backboard and one just left but the right distance. I gave the fans a Hook Em sign as my chin fell squarely to my chest in disgust. Maybe next time.