3. Texas FINALLY dominates on the glass
An area where massive improvement is needed soon for Texas basketball is in the paint. While the bigs have emerged of late as a valuable tool for the Horns, the rebounding game is still going against them. Rebounding is a key part of thriving in the Big 12 in a conference play gauntlet that can eat mediocre teams alive.
The way the Horns looked of late shows that this team could fall into mediocrity in the Big 12 if its not too careful. Before the three-game losing streak, this Texas team looked as if it could finish in the top three of the Big 12 standings when its all said and done. Those are the types of swings this team goes through early in the regular season.
It’s key for sophomore Jericho Sims and freshman Jaxson Hayes to stay hot in this game. Sims caught fire of late, with 30 points and 14 rebounds in his last two games. He’s scored in double figures in two straight games. Sims had just one game scoring in double figures in the six previous this season.
Texas is giving up way too many opportunities for its opponents to grab extra possessions and stay in the game. It isn’t rebounding at the level it needs to be, and the two aforementioned young bigs do need to continue to step up. Senior forward Dylan Osetkowski is also a key figure to watch who needs to dominate on the glass.