Texas Basketball: 3 takeaways from UT's convincing loss to BYU

Texas basketball saw its winning streak end against a tough crowd on the road in Provo for No. 21 BYU on Jan. 27.
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Chendall Weaver emerging as a key source of bench scoring for Texas

If I was doing a studs and duds list for this game for the Longhorns, sophomore guard Chendall Weaver most certainly would've received a nod among the best players for this team.

Weaver had another big outing for the Longhorns to provide a critical source of bench scoring. He scored a season-high 15 points on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Weaver was essentially Texas's only source of bench scoring in this game, scoring 15 of the 22 points from the reserves. It is also the second straight game where Weaver has scored in double figures after he gave Texas 11 points off the bench in the win over No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 23.

This is the first two-game stretch of the season for Weaver scoring in the double digits.

As a result of his valuable production in the last two games, he's received elevated playing time. Weaver has played over 50 minutes off the bench in the last two contests combined, including 25 in the loss to BYU.

But it's not only Weaver's scoring production that has made an impact on the Longhorns in the last few outings. His efforts rebounding the basketball, playing off-ball defense, and in transition have been tangible. Weaver shows incredible effort and hustle making some of the dirty plays that Texas needs from the reserves, especially in the backcourt.

And Weaver definitely has the vertical ability and hustle required to make some of the big plays we've seen from him in the last couple of games.

Weaver's production and effort off the bench will be critical for the Longhorns for the rest of Big 12 play. There is no reason to expect his minutes to dip below the mark of 20 to 25 per game with the way he's playing for the Longhorns recently.