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.

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Coach Terry must manufacture more easy scoring opportunities

The lack of offensive cohesion cost the Longhorns all year and reared its ugly head when it mattered most.

We saw the Texas offense repeatedly rely on isolation scoring from Max Abmas and Dylan Disu. This is not a sustainable offense, and it resulted in the Longhorns' two worst scoring outputs of the season over its last two games.

Texas started to find offensive success late in the second half when they played in transition. According to KenPom, the Horns were 194th in adjusted tempo this season. Given the personnel Coach Terry brings in from the high school ranks in Tre Johnson, Cam Scott, and Nic Codie, he needs to allow this team to get out and play in space.

The best coaches are automatic on under-the-basket out-of-bounds plays. Texas was anything but this season, especially tonight.

Coach Terry hangs his hat on the defensive end of the floor. Not everyone can coach offense like Dan Hurley or Nate Oates. That said, Texas needs to find a way to manufacture easy buckets so they avoid long-scoring droughts. I believe that begins with allowing your athletes to run in transition.

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