1. How their efficiency contributes to the bigger picture
All you really need to know about how Hayes and Ramey are contributing to the bigger picture of success for Texas basketball this season can be found in the box scores since they started getting a steadier role in the starting five. Among the regular rotation players in Big 12 play this season, Ramey and Hayes both rank on the top five on the team in player efficiency rating.
Texas does have the steady hand of the senior leadership from shooting guard Kerwin Roach Jr. and center Dylan Osetkowski. Sophomore point guard Matt Coleman also has the maturity and awareness in his game that is well beyond his years in college. But, the inexperience in the rotation for Smart entering the regular season was a concern that Hayes and Ramey have cured.
Ramey is similar to Coleman in that he’s a solid two-way guard that has an underrated ability to facilitate the offense and create his own open looks. They both can be good shooters from beyond the arc, and aren’t as streaky as Roach Jr. or Febres.
Another good sign for how much Ramey and Hayes are contributing to this recent string of success in Big 12 play is the win shares from each player. Both rank in the top four on the team in total win shares since the start of conference play. The roles that both Hayes and Ramey are taking on their shoulders for the success of the Horns in Big 12 play are well beyond their years.