After starting the season 11-2, the Texas Longhorns (11-4, 0-2 Big 12) have dropped two consecutive conference games to open up their Big 12 schedule. Last Saturday, the Longhorns fell to the Oklahoma Sooners (12-3, 1-1 Big 12) 88-85 in Austin; then would lose again earlier this week to No. 11 Oklahoma State (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) 87-74 in Stillwater.
After trailing Oklahoma State by just one point at half, 38-37, the Longhorns were outscored 49-37 in the second half en route to their fourth loss of the season. The Longhorns were paced by guard Demarcus Holland, who scored a team-high 12 points, in a team-high 33 minutes.
Longhorns’ leading scorer Jonathan Holmes was held to just 10 points on 5-of-9 from the field. Sophomore guard Javan Felix followed up his impressive 28-point performance against Oklahoma by scoring just four points on 1-of-8 from the field. Damarcus Croaker added 12 points off the bench, and Connor Lammert chipped in 11 points.
The Longhorns were just 3-of-18 as a team from the three-point line (16 percent) and an abysmal 15-of-23 from the free throw line (62.2 percent).
Saturday, the Longhorns welcome in the Texas Tech Raiders (8-7, 0-2 Big 12) to Austin, who like the Longhorns, are searching for their first win in Big 12 play this season.
The Red Raiders come into Saturday’s matchup following a heartbreaking 89-86 OT loss to West Virginia (10-5, 2-0 Big 12) on Monday. The Red Raiders were lead by forward Jordan Tolbert, who scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds.
The Longhorns are lead by Jonathan Holmes, who is averaging 13 points per game this season to go along with seven rebounds per game. He will be primarily matched up with Red Raiders’ leading scorer Jaye Crockett, who is averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game.
The Longhorns have won 11-of-12 regular season meetings dating back to the 2007-2008 season. The Red Raiders will come into Saturday’s game against the Longhorns ranked 205th in team rebounds a game, averaging just 34.9 a game. In contrast, the Longhorns are ranked 10th in the nation in team rebounding averaging over 42 per game. Rebounding and second chance points maybe the difference in Saturday’s matchup.
Tip-off for Saturday’s matchup is set for 8 PM ET and can be seen on the Texas Longhorns Network.