Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman
Published 9: 37 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2021 | Up to date 11: 00 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas — First, let’s address The Dunk.
It turned into incredible, no build a query to. It turned into spectacular. The capability Texas’ Greg Brown started from the sideline, caught a pass and went soaring thru the Erwin Center to posterize that miserable Baylor defender regarded borderline criminal.
It turned into so ferocious, it even knocked the total vowels out of Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s name.
Nevertheless instead of this monster memorable moment, it’ll be remembered for the total plain reasons. Brown bought whistled for a technical corrupt after imply-mugging the miserable guy on his duff. The Bears bought two free throws and even scored on their ensuing free possession.
“Definitely that turned into a momentum swing,” Baylor’s Davion Mitchell acknowledged. “We replied substantial.”
The Dunk is what Texas followers will bear in mind, but 2d-ranked Baylor will bear in mind how it stood substantial in the moment and made a series of winning performs in a while to utilize an 83-69 victory and remain undefeated at 17-0.
“Now and again spotlight performs love those, there’s a quantity of adrenaline. And it’s not excessive college anymore,” acknowledged Texas’ Andrew Jones, now in his fifth 12 months at Texas. “Performs love those can surely designate you, find it irresistible did us.”
Brown’s technical didn’t single-handedly cause sixth-ranked Texas (11-4, 5-3 Spacious 12) to lose. No longer even finish. It turned into “sloppy” defense, Jones acknowledged. It turned into sloppy ball-handling, too, because the Longhorns had 17 turnovers. The Bears turned those mistakes into 20 points.
Jones had a profession-excessive 25 points, but those were offset by Mitchell’s 27. Both groups shot round 60% in the first matchup of top-six groups in Austin since 2003. Nevertheless it surely turned into determined to the naked observe that Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Spacious 12) is completely a reduce above and worthy of the total national praise being directed toward Waco.
“Baylor’s prior to us correct now. That’s a reality,” Texas coach Shaka Tidy acknowledged. He’s also now 2-10 against Baylor’s Scott Drew.
“Now, they’re prior to a quantity of of us,” Tidy added. “Nevertheless that provides us one option, if we need to be in a region to beat groups love that later in the 12 months, and that’s enhance.”
Brown’s dunk and Baylor’s four-point swing injury up giving the Bears an eight-point lead with 13: 19 remaining. And there were so many numerous performs in the 2d half that were equally crucial and bold.
Relish when Mitchell knocked the ball out of Kai Jones’ fingers below the basket because the 6-foot-11 sophomore turned into going up for a dunk. Or when Baylor’s Adam Flagler buried a 3-pointer over Brown.
How about when MaCio Teague and Mitchell each went diving out of bounds for a loose ball and landed on the tarp covering up courtside seats? They saved the ball and Baylor kept possession. Jared Butler thanked them each by hitting a prolonged jumper that gave the visitors a 77-64 lead.
In a fitting exclamation point, Texas’ Courtney Ramey scored on a hasty-break layup unhurried, but Baylor replied by getting the ball out snappy. Stamp Foremost, the graybeard senior, ran the ground and threw down a vicious alley-oop slam each bit as thunderous as Brown’s. It possible didn’t make “SportsCenter” but certain sealed the deal.
Tidy surely understanding Jericho Sims performed some sturdy on-ball defense, but he had savage experiences for others.
“Matt Coleman, not correct sufficient,” Tidy acknowledged. “Andrew Jones wants to be better on defense. Greg wants to be better. We need to guard the ball better.”
Tidy made greatest one passing reference to the Longhorns’ horrendous free throw performance. Texas went 3-for-14 on the stripe, a huge deficiency on a evening when there turned into tiny margin for error. Sims went 2-for-8 and turned into getting heckled by Baylor followers from the upper deck. Brown missed three straight after getting fouled on a 3-point shot are attempting with 4: 43 remaining.
What’s crazy is that the statistics indicate Texas performed smartly sufficient to win most games.
The Horns had four avid gamers finish in double figures scoring wise, shot smartly from 3-point differ (45.5%), won the rebounding battle 27-26 and forced 12 turnovers.
Nevertheless the Bears shot 52.4% from downtown (11-for-21), drove to the hoop with relative ease and consistently regarded one step forward. There’s a reasons why the Bears lead the nation in scoring margin. Any hesitation whatsoever, and in addition you’re down 10 lickety-break up.
The Horns weren’t going to blame COVID-19, either. They went 19 days in January without having a fats crew able to practicing. Sunday turned into Tidy’s first day help in Cooley Pavilion after testing definite himself.
“I don’t need to give any excuse on the capability we performed tonight,” Jones acknowledged. “Regardless if it turned into 19 days or if we’ve been together 50 days, coach has tried to place a custom that would possibly poke no matter how prolonged we’ve been away.”
Was this one loss some kind of dream-crusher? Obviously not. Texas is level-headed tied for 2d dwelling in the league standings with West Virginia with greater than half the Spacious 12 season level-headed forward.
Nevertheless turned into this a teachable moment? “I knew, even when we had came right thru a capability to win this game tonight, we’ve bought to internet capability better on defense,” Tidy acknowledged. “And it starts with flying round and helping each diversified.”
Jones has the same opinion. Saturday’s outing to Oklahoma Stutter is the next likelihood to examine what Texas realized from all this.
“We’re not a ways off. It’s appropriate Baylor’s a surely correct crew,” Jones acknowledged. “They accomplished smartly down the stretch. They took care of the ball, and our defense appropriate wasn’t at its stage today as or not it is supposed to be.”
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