Texas Basketball: 4 lessons learned from upset win over Purdue

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The Texas basketball program definitely grabbed one of their better wins possible through the non-conference slate by beating Purdue 70-66.

One of the biggest games of the non-conference slate, potentially could be the biggest when it’s all said and done, for Texas basketball resulted in a solid 70-66 upset on the road over the No. 23 Purdue Boilermakers. Texas got the best of Purdue by playing solid defense and getting a big night out of their starting backcourt.

A very efficient night shooting from the field also helped nab this four-point victory for head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart and his squad. Texas shot around 50 percent from three-point range and better than 50 percent from the field in general. This is the type of shooting performance that would be great to see from this team consistently.

However, Texas basketball fans should know by now that the offense comes and goes under Smart’s direction. For some reason, this team can’t even come close to consistently finding quality offensive outings like the one against Purdue. Granted we should take it where we can get it for now.

With this win, Texas moves to 2-0 on the season. Up next for them is the start of the 2K Empire Classic at home at the Frank Erwin Center on Nov. 12 against California Baptist. Purdue moves to 1-1 after the loss.

Here’s a look at the definitive four lessons we learned from the big win for the Texas Longhorns basketball program over the No. 23 ranked Purdue Boilermakers on the road on Nov. 9.