Posted October 5th, 2017
With 36 days til Texas opens the season against Northwestern State on Nov. 10, it’s time to get excited about the upcoming men’s basketball season. Each day until the start of the season, we’ll give out a starting line up of five things you need to know about Texas basketball.
Record books are often brought up as a standard for being remembered, but how often do you actually take time to flip through one.
Here are five Texas men’s basketball records that should be remembered, for one reason or another.
Most points scored, single game
Record holder: Raymond Downs, for his 49-point performance on Feb. 25, 1956 at Baylor, and Slater Martin who scored 49 against TCU on Feb. 26, 1949.
Why it matters: With all the points scored under coaches Tom Penders and Rick Barnes, it would seem logical for this record to belong to a player like Travis Mays or Kevin Durant. Not so. Nearly seven years to the day after Downs scored 49 in Waco, the future Minneapolis Lakers legend was the only player to match him. Downs remains the 11th-leading career scorer in Texas history (1,558 points), and averaged the most points in a season (26.4 ppg in 1955-56).
Most assists, season
Record holder: T.J. Ford, for the 273 dimes he dished during his freshman season of 2001-02.
Why it matters: Ford also has the second-most assists in a season for the 254 he dished the following season. Remember, Ford only played two seasons at Texas, and they were the two most prolific seasons in terms of assists in program history. If you need one stat to remind you how good Ford was at Texas, this should be the one. He also had a 2.21 career assist-to-turnover ratio.
Record holder: Reggie Freeman had the only triple-double in Texas history with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Feb. 11, 1996 at TCU.
Why it matters: Texas has been playing basketball since 1906. A triple-double has only happened once.
Record holder: LaSalle Thompson, who had 12 double-doubles in a row from Dec. 1-Jan. 12, 1981. He also had eight straight double-doubles in February 1982.
Why it matters: Thompson eventually had his career rebounds record broken (after 21 years) by James Thomas and later Damion James. The dude was still a rebounding machine, and this stat reinforces that. Thompson got after it every time he stepped on the floor for the burnt orange.
30 points, 20 rebounds
Record holder: You didn’t think we were going to get through this post without mentioning Kevin Durant, did you? Durant had 37 points and 23 rebounds on Jan. 31, 2007 at Texas Tech.
Why it matters: Even though Durant only played for Texas for one season, and it might feel a little hokey to have him hanging around and his logo plastered all over team shoes and jerseys, never forget just how good he was during that one season.