Texas Men's Basketball 2019 NIT Capsule


Texas Longhorns

Big 12 (16-16, 8-10)

Texas has had a very interesting season. The schedule has been very tough, but there are some bad losses. The Longhorns lost at home to Radford between more respectable losses to Michigan State and VCU. But there was another loss at home to Providence and Big 12 play has not gone much better. The Longhorns finished the regular season with a 8-10 Big 12 record. It is a tough conference of course, but that is not the momentum Texas would prefer heading into the NIT.
Big Wins: 11/22 vs North Carolina (92-89), 12/9 Purdue (72-68), 1/29 Kansas (73-63)
Bad Losses: 11/30 Radford (59-62), 12/21 Providence (65-71), 1/8 at Oklahoma State (58-61)
Coach: Shaka Smart
Why They Can Surprise:
The return of Kerwin Roach will help. The senior guard missed the last seven regular season games, but made his return during the conference tournament. Roach is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game. The Longhorns saw Jase Febres and Courtney Ramey step up during Roach’s absence. Those two are capable of providing a nice offensive spark for the Longhorns, especially with their outside shooting. Dylan Osetkowski has not been the most consistent big man in the Big 12, but he is a good scorer and rebounder. Frontcourt mate Jaxson Hayes is the shot blocking threat and the freshman has had some very productive outings.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Despite the presence of Osetkowski and Hayes in the paint, this is not a good rebounding team. Part of the problem is the lack of depth in the frontcourt. Jericho Sims and Kamaka Hepa will have to play quite a few minutes and neither has been particularly productive on the glass.
Probable Starters:
Matt Coleman, Sophomore, Guard, 10.0 ppg, 3.6 apg
Courtney Ramey, Freshman, Guard, 7.9 ppg, 3.0 apg, 3.1 rpg
Kerwin Roach, Senior, Guard, 14.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 4.4 rpg
Dylan Osetkowski, Senior, Forward, 10.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Jaxson Hayes, Freshman, Forward, 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg
Key Role Players:
Jericho Sims, Sophomore, Forward, 3.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Kamaka Hepa, Freshman, Forward, 1.9 ppg
Elijah Mitrou-Long, Junior, Guard, 5.9 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.2 (218th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.1 (60, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.6 (224, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.0 (122, 8)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.5 (90, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.1 (196, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.3 (155, 3)
Rebound Margin: -0.5 (223, 9)
Assists Per Game: 12.8 (225, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.1 (35, 2)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 loss to Nevada
2016NCAARound of 64 loss to Northern Iowa
2015NCAARound of 64 loss to Butler
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Arizona State
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Michigan
2013CBIFirst Round loss to Houston
2012NCAARound of 64 loss to Cincinnati
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Oakland
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to Arizona
2010NCAARound of 64 loss to Wake Forest
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Minnesota
2009NCAARound of 32 loss to Duke
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Austin Peay
2008NCAARound of 32 win over Miami
2008NCAARegional Semifinal win over Stanford
2008NCAARegional Final loss to Memphis
2007NCAARound of 64 win over New Mexico
2007NCAARound of 32 loss to USC
*all team stats through 3/10