1. Texas back court playing at a championship level
We can’t go through the takeaways from this massive win for Texas basketball without giving some props and recognition to the play from sophomore point guard Matt Coleman of late. His performance in this win over Oklahoma was an example of how critical he’s been for the Horns since about midway through the non-conference slate.
With the lapse of Ramey’s production and reliability yesterday, someone had to step up in his place and make an impact on both ends of the floor. Ramey has a ton of talent and a very high ceiling, but it appears as if it’s going to take some time for him to reach it. That’s where the consistency of Coleman comes into play.
Coleman was out on the floor for all but two minutes of this game. That was the cause of his three turnovers. But, he stayed out of foul trouble by only posting one on the day despite playing a game-high 38 minutes. That also allowed him to be one of the three Texas players to register 15 points.
We have to give credit where it’s due to both Coleman and Roach Jr. Both shot better than 50 percent from the field while combining for 38 points. If the Horns are able to get this type of play out of its starting guards through most of the rest of the Big 12 slate, we’ll be looking at a successful latter portion of the regular season.