By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on March 16, 2014
The Texas Longhorns rebounded nicely from last season's disaster. After finishing 2013 with a 16-18 record, Texas improved to 23-10. The Longhorns have one of the youngest teams in the tournament. Texas starts one junior, three sophomores and a freshman. The team has not done well on the road lately, losing its last five regular season games. This will need to change if Texas does not want to make a quick exit.
Demarcus Holland is the team's defensive stopper. Holland will match up against the opponent's best guard or wing man. He does not shoot much, but if he sees an opening, he will take it.
Cameron Ridley has really developed his game this season. The sophomore looked lost most of last year. This year he leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots. His presence in the post can cause a team to alter its offensive strategy.
Isaiah Taylor is playing with a chip on his shoulder. Overlooked by most major programs, Taylor is running the point guard position like a veteran. He can create his own shot off the dribble if necessary. Texas will need Taylor to protect the basketball if it hopes to play deep into the tournament.
Javan Felix has been a streaky shooter this year. When he is on, he can single-handily change the tide of a game. When he is off, however, the team generally struggles. Texas will need the good Felix to show up, or it will be a short tournament run for the Longhorns.
The elder statesman on the team, Jonathan Holmes has been the most consistent player for the Longhorns. Holmes leads Texas in scoring, and is second in rebounding, but has been battling a knee injury which cost him three games late in the season. Texas will need a healthy Holmes if it hopes to advance far in the tournament.
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