The No. 2 Texas Longhorns outlasted Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the closest game of the season, 76-70. The 'Horns had won their first dozen games by double digits. While this game was not quite as close as the final six point margin indicates, Texas was never in firm control either.
Texas was lethargic for most of the game, was outrebounded and outhustled throughout, and shot horribly from the floor. This was not a good start to 2010 for the 'Horns.
Kudos to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. They fought hard for all 40 minutes and got an outstanding performance, 28 points and six boards, from Kevin Palmer. The Islanders' zone also disrupted the Texas half-court offense for much of the game. Texas settled for far too many jumpers and threes. When the 'Horns attacked the zone, they got easier looks both inside and out. When they simply passed the ball on the perimeter, most possessions ended with contested jumpers.
This felt like a classic #2 seed vs #15 seed NCAA tournament game. Texas never looked all that interested, while A&M-CC played with passion, like their season was on the line.
Despite the lack of energy and focus and poor performances from Avery Bradley, J'Covan Brown, and Dogus Balbay, Texas is now 13-0.
A more thorough breakdown coming tomorrow.