Texas Eric Davis, Jr.(10) looks to score over UTSA Austin Karrer(11) during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Golden: Texas men’s outside shooting could get help Tuesday; Texas women routing opponents

Posted January 12th, 2016

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric discusses the debacle that was Vontaze Burfict and the Bengals this past weekend, what role the Steelers had in pushing Cincinnati’s buttons, the Texans’ QB situation and a couple Longhorns-centric topics – the men’s and women’s hoops teams.

On Shaka Smart’s squad:

“The Texas men can’t afford losses like Saturday’s ugly one-point setback in Fort Worth. TCU isn’t very good, but neither is Texas if holding an opponent to 58 points isn’t enough to get a win. While losing Cam Ridley goes down as the most pivotal moment of the first half of the season, Texas’ outside shooting woes are killing coach Shaka Smart right now. The Horns have made only six of their last 40 3-point attempts, which is death in a college game that’s all about perimeter play.

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Iowa State comes in Tuesday with the conference’s worst percentage against 3-pointers at .350. That means Texas will have some looks. We’ll see if the home rims are friendlier.”

Texas's Head Coach Karen Aston against Mississippi State's during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s Head Coach Karen Aston against Mississippi State’s during the first half of an NCAA women’s college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On Karen Aston’s squad:

Karen Aston’s women’s team, meanwhile, is blowing out opponents on the regular with shutdown defense and a consistent focus that’s driving the team toward special places in the postseason.

When I spoke with Aston before the season, she was worried about several players being banged up and wondered if bringing them along slowly would cost her team wins. It hasn’t, unless a blistering 15-0 start and a 22.4-point scoring margin means nothing.

Conference player of the week Imani Boyette has basically picked up where she left off in the final month of the 2015 season, averaging a near-double-double of 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Mighty mite Brooke McCarty has made a big jump by averaging 11.3 points and making 39 percent of her 3-pointers for the nation’s fourth-ranked team.

There’s depth, too. Eight players are averaging 5.8 points or better.

Looming on the schedule is 16-1 Baylor, which will visit the Erwin Center on Sunday.”

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, visit here.

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