Texas Basketball: 4 lessons learned from upset win over Purdue

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2. Turnovers could eventually bite the Longhorns

While Coleman came up huge for Texas basketball in this road upset win over Purdue, his starting guard Ramey was less than stellar. Ramey’s three turnovers was part of a bigger problem with the ball movement at different times for Smart’s team.

Three players coming off the bench for the Longhorns actually managed eight of the 16 turnovers in this game. Baker and fourth-year guard Andrew Jones combined for four turnovers. Jones also wasn’t near as good in the scoring department off the bench as he was in the season opening win over Northern Colorado last week.

But the main problem for turnovers came from Hamm Jr. He had just as many turnovers as he had field goal attempts here (four each way). That has to improve for a forward that really isn’t anything close to the primary ball handler in this offense.

While Purdue came up with the short end of the stick here, they actually had less turnovers than Texas. Purdue turned the ball over 14 times compared to Texas’ 16. The bench has to be more effective with the ball in their hands. The bench scoring and offensive efficiency were mostly letdowns, which is stunning that the Longhorns still came out with the win.