5. Spark provided in Big 12 play
Texas basketball has won two straight and three of its past four games in Big 12 play. Two of those three wins in the last four tries didn’t come against easy opposition either. One of those wins came over the Kansas Jayhawks at home and the other against a then rolling Baylor Bears squad on the road. Winning in Waco is no easy feat either.
The other of the three wins in the past four games came over the struggling West Virginia Mountaineers, but the margin by which the Horns knocked them off was very convincing. Ramey posted a career-high (tied for) 19 points in the 22-point road victory over the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum.
The two outings that Ramey has posted a career-high 19 points both came in the span of the past six games. Hayes was solid over that timespan too. It’s just the same discombobulation that Hayes dealt with for the entire regular season that held him back in the past few games. Hayes fouled out three times in a stretch of four games between Jan. 14 and 26.
Foul trouble kept Hayes to just 11 minutes on the floor in the win over West Virginia, but his services weren’t really needed. Giving some players deeper in the rotation more minutes in the second half made a lot more sense. But, Hayes is reaching a new peak of efficiency of late and Ramey is finally finding that level of consistency we all knew he could reach.