Texas Basketball: Analytical breakdown of blowout loss to UH

Rodney Terry, Texas basketball
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

Head coach Rodney Terry and Texas basketball suffered a bad double-digit loss on the road on Feb. 17 at the hands of head coach Kelvin Sampson and the No. 3 Houston Cougars. Texas was dominated on both ends of the floor, especially by the suffocating Houston defense, in this 82-61 loss at the Fertitta Center this weekend.

Terry's squad was completely stifled by this Houston backcourt and outclassed in the paint by the Cougars' forwards.

How Houston beat Texas basketball on the road on Feb. 17

Here's an analytical breakdown of Houston's dominant win over Texas on Feb. 17 at the Fertitta Center.

Four Factors

True shooting percentage



This is nothing new for a Houston defense that has held its opponents to around 37 percent shooting from the field and 28.7 percent from deep this season to limit Texas's effectiveness from the field.

Turnover percentage



If the Longhorns wanted a shot at pulling off the upset of the Cougars this weekend, it needed to take good case of the basketball. 14 turnovers proved very costly for the Longhorns in this game, as Houston took advantage with 19 points off of Texas turnovers.

Offensive rebounding percentage



Texas continues to get worked on the offensive glass in Big 12 play. A whopping 17 Houston offensive rebounds led to 14 second-chance points. This was the third straight game that the Longhorns were edged out in offensive rebounds.

FTA Rate



While it didn't matter much in the end, Texas struggled to hit their free throws early in this game. Texas missed multiple front ends of one-in-one attempts and shot under 50 percent from the line in the first half against Houston.

Style Metrics

Assist percentage: Texas-36.4%, Houston-41.4%

Assist/Turnover Ratio: Texas-0.6, Houston-1.5

Houston's ball movement was much cleaner and more effective than the Longhorns in this game. The Cougars had three more assists and six fewer turnovers than the Longhorns.

3PA Rate



Houston hasn't been a team that's relied too heavily on the three-ball falling to win games this season, ranking 247th in the nation (per Sports Reference) in three-point attempt rate. But Houston shot a few more three-pointers than usual at a pretty efficient clip of 35 percent, which contributed to their 82-point outburst against Texas.


Texas-66 possessions

Houston-63 possessions

Texas played at its usual pace that it has in Big 12 play in this game. But speeding up the pace for the Cougars didn't prove to be an issue as they still looked comfortable in their offense and shut down Texas on the defensive end.

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