3 takeaways from Texas's gut-wrenching Loss to Tennessee

The Longhorns fought valiantly, but came up just short in their 62-58 Round of 32 loss to the No. 2-seeded Tennessee Volunteers.

Chendall Weaver, Kadin Shedrick, Texas basketball
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Chendall Weaver, Texas basketball
Chendall Weaver, Texas basketball / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Chendall Weaver has an All-SEC future

Saturday night's loss to Tennessee may have been Chendall Weaver's best performance in the burnt orange and white. His defensive effort helped set the tone, and his scoring prowess in the second half kept Texas in the game. Weaver finished with tied for a team-high 13 points off the bench.

Weaver's first-half effort led Coach Terry to insert him into the starting lineup after halftime. In the latter twenty minutes, he continued to play aggressively on both ends of the floor and helped keep the Longhorns in the game with his scoring.

Weaver scored 11 of the Horns' 14 points from the 17:54 to the 10:06 mark in the second half. He single-handedly kept Texas in the game when Tennessee was looking to throw the knockout punch.

We have seen Weaver's offensive game evolve throughout the season. Remember, he shot 40.2 percent from deep last season at UT Arlington - the shot is there. Over the last seven games of the season, Weaver averaged 9.9 points per game on 54.8 percent shooting from the field.

He will be a crucial part of the Longhorn rotation next season. Expect the rising junior to gain more offensive confidence this offseason as he becomes a legitimate two-way threat in the SEC.