Texas Basketball: Analytical breakdown of UT's loss to ISU

The home struggles continued for head coach Rodney Terry and Texas basketball in the Big 12 after a tough five-point loss to No. 14 Iowa State on Feb. 6.
Dylan Disu, Texas basketball
Dylan Disu, Texas basketball / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas basketball (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) and head coach Rodney Terry continued their struggles in the Big 12 at home at the Moody Center on Feb. 6 with a 70-65 loss to the No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones (17-5, 6-3 Big 12). Despite getting a game-high 28 points from senior big man Dylan Disu, Texas's second-half rally fell short of Iowa State when all was said and done.

The Longhorns have dropped four of five Big 12 games at home this year. This team needs a big response when it faces an easier foe, West Virginia, at the Moody Center on Feb. 10.

How No. 14 Iowa State beat Texas basketball

Here's an analytical breakdown of Texas's five-point loss to No. 14 Iowa State at the Moody Center on Feb. 6.

Four Factors

True shooting percentage


Iowa State-48.8%

Neither team shot the ball very well. Texas's shooting woes were mostly from beyond the arc (3-of-14). Disu made all three of Texas's three pointers against Iowa State.

Iowa State shot below average from inside the arc, going 21-of-49 on the night (43 percent).

Turnover percentage

Iowa State-10.0%


Turnovers were rampant for the Longhorns for the second straight game. Texas has now turned the ball over a combined 28 times in the last two games.

Coughing the ball up 14 times, compared to just eight for Iowa State, was a costly factor in the Longhorns' loss to the Cyclones.

Offensive rebounding percentage

Iowa State-40.0%


After outrebounding the No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs 34-21 in Texas's upset road win in Fort Worth last weekend, the Longhorns' struggles appeared again in the loss to Iowa State. The Cyclones owned the offensive glass in the second half, and outrebounded Texas on the offensive end 14-10 in this game.

FTA Rate


Iowa State-.197

Texas did an excellent job of drawing contact and getting to the free-throw line. Free-throw shooting kept the Longhorns in this one down the stretch in the second half, as Texas shot 18-of-20 from the line.

Turnover issues and three-point shooting woes outweighed the successful night from the line for the Longhorns.

Style Metrics

Assist percentage: Texas-63.6%, Iowa State-40.7%

Assist/Turnover Ratio: Texas-1.00, Iowa State-1.38

Texas's ball movement was solid at times against Iowa State. The only bright spot for junior guard Tyrese Hunter in this game was a team-high seven assists, half of Texas's team assists against his former team.

Once again, though, the turnover issues diminished the shine of Texas's edge in dimes over Iowa State.

3PA Rate


Iowa State-25.8%

Both teams attempted around the same frequency of three-point field goal attempts. The difference was Iowa State nailing 4-of-8 three-point attempts to get the early edge over the Longhorns with a double digit lead for most of the first half.

Texas didn't hit their first three-pointer until Disu heated up with three made down the stretch in the second half. Before Disu made three of four three-pointers in the second half, the Longhorns were 0-of-10 shooting from deep.


Texas-61 possessions

Iowa State-63 possessions

This game was played at a much slower pace than both these teams are accustomed to. That seemed to benefit Iowa State more than Texas, though, as the Cyclones were able to command the tone on offense with guard Tamin Lipsey's effective facilitation and clutch shot-making taking over down the stretch.

Iowa State's length also bothered Texas in their settled half court offense. The Cyclones were effectively drawing turnovers (10 steals compared to four for Texas) and disrupting Texas's shots from mid-range and deep to hold the Longhorns' offense at bey.

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