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Are the Texas Longhorns Showing Any Signs of Improvement?

Brendan Maloney: USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns still haven’t figured things out. Yes, they are the youngest team in the country, but here we are halfway through the season and they don’t seem to be showing many signs of the improvement you’d like to see from a young team–at least not consistently.

After capturing their first Big 12 win of the season against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, the Longhorns had the difficult task of traveling to Manhattan, Kan. to take on the No. 18 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.

From the very beginning, the Horns failed to match the Wildcats’ intensity. They looked sluggish on both ends, missed easy shots and couldn’t hold onto the ball.

Turnovers have been an issue for the Longhorns all year. They had 17 turnovers on the night, 12 in the first half alone. You simply cannot give up 17 turnovers on the road against a ranked team and expect to win the game.

Offense continues to be an issue. Prior to tonight’s game, the Longhorns were ranked ninth out of 1o conference teams in scoring, averaging less than 65 points per game. That was only made worse tonight as the Horns only managed to put up 57 points on the Wildcats, missing easy shots and failing once again to get into any sort of rhythm.

Giving up too many second-chance points has been another season-long issue and tonight’s game was no different as the Wildcats grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

These are all things that have been issues all season and should be getting better as the season progresses, yet for whatever reason, we have not seen consistent improvement in these areas.

Sitting at a 1-7 conference record, Texas fans have pretty much written this season off as a rebuilding year, though the future does indeed look promising. The Longhorns are talented and they typically play hard (though one would not agree with that statement tonight); nevertheless, they should be showing more signs of improvement at this point in the season. Though this season is a loss, the Longhorns need to find a way to improve in these areas so that they can finish the season strong, carrying some momentum and confidence with them into next year.

 

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