Hey the Texas basketball team is 3-0! Technically, those games have been against Texas-San Antionio, UC-Davis and Arkansas-Monticello... but who is counting? It really isn't that odd for top basketball teams to beat up on much lesser competition in the beginning of the year, but it doesn't really make for great basketball. The Roadrunners, Aggies and Boll Weevils (yeah that's right) have not really challenged the Horns too much this year, but thats also not what they are here for. This is a Texas team that is young and trying to turn the page on the Kevin Durant Era. These games provide the coaches with a chance to get offenses and defenses in and set playing rotations.
Texas' most recent whipping-boy was Arkansas-Monticello, who left Austin a 100-52 loser. A.J. Abrams led the scoring charge as he dropped in 30 points, hitting 8 of 12 threes. Augustin was solid as usual with 8 points and 6 assists. All eleven Longhorn players that saw action scored, including Ian Mooney (who even saw 10 minutes on the floor).
While these games may not tell us too much about Texas' future successes or difficulties, we can get some idea of what this team will look like from this game. First, we know this team is young. J.D. Lewis & Ian Mooney are the only seniors to go along with 2 juniors, 7 sophomores, and 4 freshmen. But this Texas team is as deep as it is young. Granted, it was a blow out, but seven players saw over 15 mins and everyone contributed when on the floor.
Texas will also be a defensive team. Texas has allowed 37, 42 and 52 points in their games this year. Again, this isn't the best competition, but Texas plays tough, hard-nosed defense throughout the games. Lastly, this is D.J. Augustin's team. Everything Texas does on offense is going to be predicated on D.J. He is going to have to penetrate to get this offense going. Texas is guard heavy, so Agustin's drive will likely be setting up open threes for his teammates. He will also pick running the pick and roll with Damion James and the other Texas big men. What ever Texas plans on offense, you can be sure that it will run through D.J.
These early games are mostly fun for seeing blowouts, discount admissions and random white guys playing towards the end. Texas starts playing better competition this Friday against New Mexico State and will then face wither West Virginia or Tennessee on Saturday.