5. Jaxson Hayes continues to shine
Most of the impact that the sensational freshman forward for Texas basketball Jaxson Hayes was able to make in this game wasn’t in the ordinary fashion for him. Hayes didn’t light up the score sheet, but he did hit the glass hard in limited playing time. He actually posted more rebounds than points in this outing.
Once again, some early foul trouble limited the amount of time that Hayes was able to spend on the floor. He did finish the game with three personal fouls which is not even close to the worst he’s found himself in this season. But, head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart didn’t need him o the floor at all times like usual.
Smart relied more heavily on some of the other capable front court players in the rotation to make an impact in Hayes’ place when needed. Senior center Dylan Osetkowski and sophomore Jericho Sims got more usage in this game than they usually have this season. That was a good thing for the Horns when it was all said and done.
Hayes finished this game with six points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block. He did also tie a team-high in offensive rebounds with two. Texas didn’t need anything outrageous from Hayes in the stat sheet this game, but he showed that he is solid through and through even when he flies under the radar.