Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes: “We Had Guys That Were Scared”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, college basketball fans are well aware of the most recent and notable upset that stemmed from the island of Maui on Monday evening.
As part of the opening round from the EA Sports Maui Invitational, Chaminade picked up their seventh win all-time since the tournament’s inception, knocking off Texas and advancing into the semifinal round.
The win for Chaminade moves them into the winner’s bracket for the first time since 2003. The victory was their first since a 2010 victory over Oklahoma.
Aside from the shock of the final result, the criticism lies heavily upon the Longhorns and head coach Rick Barnes. The good thing about it is that he knows it too.
“The team that won the game should have won the game,” Barnes said. “They play better. I thought they played, collectively, I thought they played harder. I thought we played very tentative. I would probably even use the word scared.”
Not only was Texas upset in the opening round by a Division II opponent, they were pretty much blown out. The Silverswords led by double-digits for much of the second half, finishing with 55 points in the final 20 minutes.
Chaminade guard DeAndre Haskins led the way with a game-high 32 points, a memorable moment that he surely won’t forget. “Honestly, I just came into this to play hard and play with my teammates,” Haskins said following the career performance.
As for Texas, the problems appear aplenty, as sophomore stud Myck Kabongo watched in disarray on the sidelines while the NCAA investigates potential violations. The time to sit back and put their heads down however, is not an option. The Longhorns must face a USC squad on Tuesday that got blown out in their own right on Monday night.
It won’t take long to see how the Longhorns plan to respond from Monday’s overwhelming defeat.
The loss marks the second time that Barnes has lost to Chaminade in his coaching career after an upset in 1991 when he was at Providence. When asked his thoughts on how tough Chaminade was, Barnes responded, “No doubt. I mean, again, the two teams were similar in the fact that they were young.”
“We had guys that were scared. Standing around, you’ve got to take your shots, you’ve got to take them. Am I surprised? No I’m not surprised.”
Chaminade will battle Illinois for a spot in the championship game at 10:30pm EST on Tuesday night.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS
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