5. Back court turned it around
To get a spark to finally notch a victory over a quality opponent, Texas basketball needed to get a big performance out of the back court. Texas got what it needed from one specific player, sophomore point guard Matt Coleman. He helped the Horns get two guards score in double figures here.
Coleman posted a team-high in points with, 22, to help the Horns hang on to the four-point victory when it was all said and done. He also registered three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the winning effort. Coleman did all this while remaining efficient from the field, as he was 7-for-11 on his shooting attempts. From the free-throw line, Coleman was also pretty efficient shooting better than 80 percent.
Moreover, Coleman combined with freshman point guard Courtney Ramey and senior shooting guard Kerwin Roach Jr. to shoot 6-for-11 from three-point range. This was the first field goal attempt that Ramey made since the loss to Michigan State in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational last month.
All season, Coleman played heavy minutes on the floor. Coleman’s playing time was no different in this game, getting a team-high 31 minutes on the floor. He made the most of his playing time in this game, showing a well-rounded two-way effort while staying efficient. Coleman facilitated the offense for the bulk of this game and only turned the ball over three times in the process.