For the second straight Saturday, the Texas Longhorns suffered a road loss to an unranked opponent after their defense and then their offense completely fell apart. The game was nowhere near as close as the final 91-89 margin indicates.
Texas did just about everything right in the first half and led by as many as 22 points before taking a 15 point lead to halftime. However, in a sign of things to come, Colorado won the final few minutes of the first half and trimmed that lead to a more workable margin.
While Texas owned the first half for the most part, Colorado absolutely dominated the game in the final 20 minutes. Led by future NBA star, Alec Burks, Colorado crushed Texas 58-41 after the break. Texas couldn't stop Burks, couldn't find the CU shooters in the half court, struggled to get even defensive rebounds, and went ice cold on offense.
At one point, in the second half, Texas was 1-for-17 from the floor. Even when they did remember to attack the rim and the paint and were rewarded with trips to the free throw line, Texas still didn't convert. The Longhorns were an abysmal 59% (20-for-34) from the line.
Bricks. Contested jumpers. One-on-one offense. Missed free throws. Lazy transition defense. Dribble penetration. Losing shooters. Outrebounded. You name it, Texas did it in the second half.
Here's one quick note before I open this up to your comments. In Big 12 games, Texas was giving up 56 points on average. In the second half, Colorado scored 58 points.
I'll be back later with some more complete thoughts on the game and where this puts Texas in the Big 12 race and in terms of NCAA seeding.
Next Game: vs. Kansas State - Monday, February 28th 8 PM ESPN