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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Longhorns’ ugly win leaves Barnes displeased

Texas center Dexter Pittman, left, attempts to elude Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defenders Horace Bond, second from left, and Justin Reynolds. Texas forward Gary Johnson (1) tries to box out the defense. The Longhorns squeaked by Corpus Christi, 76-70, on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Texas center Dexter Pittman, left, attempts to elude Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defenders Horace Bond, second from left, and Justin Reynolds. Texas forward Gary Johnson (1) tries to box out the defense. The Longhorns squeaked by Corpus Christi, 76-70, on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

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— It’s not very often a coach calls a victory a “huge step backward.”

Texas coach Rick Barnes was disappointed, though, watching his No. 2 Longhorns stumble and misfire their way through a 76-70 victory over scrappy Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi on Saturday.

“I don’t think at any point in time I thought we were going to lose that game, it was just really disappointing,” Barnes said. “We took a huge step backward. Lack of effort, lack of concentration.”

Harsh words for a team off to one of the best starts in school history. Texas (13-0) had been impressive through the first six weeks of the season, winning the first 12 games by at least 11 points, including big victories over North Carolina and Michigan State.

With that run, Texas was probably expecting to cruise right into Big 12 play.

Instead, the Longhorns can expect some tough practices and more stern comments from Barnes after shooting 35 percent and getting outrebounded, 47-37, against an opponent that should have been the latest blowout victim.

If not for 25 turnovers, the Islanders (5-7) might have had a chance to pull off the upset.

“We played terrible. Point blank,” UT senior forward Dexter Pittman said. “We’re better than that.”

Pittman scored 18 points, and Jordan Hamilton scored 17, but the rest of the Longhorns were targets of Barnes’ criticism.

Even Damion James, who got his fourth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, left too many boards for the taking, Barnes said.

Kevin Palmer scored 28 for Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi (5-7), which cut the lead to 74-68 with 36 seconds left before Hamilton made two free throws.

“They’re used to beating people by double digits. We stayed with them the whole time,” Islanders forward Demond Watt said. “The turnovers killed us. If we cut down on those, we might have pulled out this game.”

Texas started slow and struggled to shoot the entire game. Freshman guard Avery Bradley went 0-for-8 from the field.

Comments

suttonku 10 years, 10 months ago

I have NOT been impressed by this team the whole year and I personally think their depth is a joke! Keegan may rank them #1 but I really never saw why...Because they beat an overrated UNC team? and an overrated MSU team? Both those teams were ranked high based on last year's teams. We are finding out that the best team in the Big 10 is Purdue and that Duke could win the ACC this year and sweep UNC because of their second half woes. I don't even consider UK to be that good considering their youth and overall horrible shooting. Once UK runs into a solid defensive team such as KU they will be in trouble.

UT and UK are good teams I just dont see them as much of a threat right now. I commented on an earlier article and said that this team was going to turn it on starting with the Temple game and I dont think they will tun the switch off until they win the title.

Wish we were playing Tennessee at their best but it looks like at least Tyler Smith will be suspended for weapons and drugs charges and 3 others are also facing those same charges. The four players in trouble for Tennessee are four of the top 8 minute guys and that means big trouble for Bruce Pearl. If those players are indeed still suspended then KU should be able to walk all over Tennessee on the 10th, especially with the confidence they will have taken away from this beat down at Temple.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 10 months ago

I have my doubts that anyone will be suspended for that game. The last update I read indicates that they have gotten all the charges reduced to misdemeanors. My guess is they will miss the next game and be back to play Kansas.

suttonku 10 years, 10 months ago

Well I hope they bring them back because I dont want any excuses when we beat them by 20...I just dont see how Pearl could bring them back that quickly. I know the charges are misdemeanors but it's still pretty serious because of how it reflects on the University of Tennessee. And as much as I dont like Bruce Pearl I do think he will have to keep them out of this game.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 10 months ago

No worries Longhorns, Keegan will still vote for you next week ... and then write a boring article about it.

suttonku 10 years, 10 months ago

It's ok though, Keegan looks like Don Vito

Clydecito 10 years, 10 months ago

if only Texas had John Wall, the greatest point guard of all time, in the history of the game, who invented the position, who.........

Mike Kendall 10 years, 10 months ago

suttonku--

I agree with you. First time I saw Texas, I wasn't impressed. Even the win over Carolina, was okay, but I know the Hawks play better defense than the Tar Heels. KU will be fine, as long as HCBS keeps them humble. Self is a master at that!

Robert Brock 10 years, 10 months ago

The Horns were distracted because of the only sport they really care about: football.

areyouserious 10 years, 10 months ago

This just in..........................Keegan thinks it was a very respectable and big win for the program!!!!!

Steve Gantz 10 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe ya'all are discrediting Texas. If we had beaten the teams they beat we'd all be crowing about how tough our schedule is etc. Sure they had a downer Saturday, but hasn't KU?

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