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Maui Day 3: Consolation Game vs. Oregon Open Thread

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Less than a day after falling to No. 8 Notre Dame, Texas hits the hardwood against the Oregon Ducks (3-2) in the third place game of the Maui Invitational.

Oregon finds themselves in this game after defeating Alabama, 92-69, on Monday before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 98-69, yesterday.

After last night's game, I'm not sure what we will see from the Longhorns. Hopefully, Texas can get back to playing pressure man-to-man defense and converting turnovers into easy points. But after two games in the last 48 hours, who knows where our legs are.

I'd also like to see Justin Mason take control of the game on the offensive end. This means feeding the post, encouraging his teammates to make more than one pass before shooting, and making sure that his fellow perimeter players don't just settle for jump shots. Next, Dexter Pittman, Connor Atchley, and Gary Johnson need to establish themselves in the paint and allow the Longhorns to play from the inside out. Feed the post first and the open perimeter looks will materialize.

Last, I will be watching shot selection closely. Damion James and AJ Abrams certainly have green lights from Coach Rick Barnes but forced shots will not help this team develop on offense, regardless if they go in or not.

Tip time is 3:30 pm on ESPN2.

Join me as the Longhorns look to bounce back quickly.