The aftermath of the 2015-16 holiday season has been a mixed bag for Texas basketball. The Lady Horns stayed on Santa's "Nice" list, maintaining their elite play. Texas Men, on the other hand, are forced to pressurize a Lone Star State-sized lump of coal – the loss of Cameron Ridley – into a diamond. Also, Texas beat Michigan and LSU?
Lady Horns Stay Dominant
Steamrolling their way through the early portion of the schedule, the No. 4 Horns have washed opponents, at a 21.9 point differential. Their 13-0 record has been built on controlling the boards (+13.5 rebounds per contest) and stifling overall defense (holding teams to 34% FG). Imani Boyette posted her sixth double-double (24 pts, 11 rebs) in a 86-62 win over Texas Tech Saturday. The Lady Horns now take their act on the road – at Oklahoma State on Saturday (Jan. 9) and to Kansas (Jan. 13).
Going down with Cameron Ridley's foot injury, is his production – 12.7 ppg, 10 rpg, 3.4 blocks – and the intimidation factor in the middle. One of the nation's best bigs, Ridley was greatly missed in recent losses to Connecticut and Texas Tech – teams that weren't afraid to challenge Texas' front court depth at the rim. Tuesday's "must-win" vs. Kansas State, according to star guard Isaiah Taylor, foretold the likely path for the young squad, playing without their human eraser. Texas has a winnable match Saturday (1/9) at TCU, before facing three AP Top 25 (and Big 12) foes.
Longhorn football is on its way, in continuing the rebuild of the trenches – an area the program has historically dominated the competition with. Four-star North Mesquite High tackle Jean Delance revealed his commitment at Saturday's Under Armour All-America Game. The 6'5" 270 pound lineman is the No. 5 tackle and No. 63 prospect nationally. One of six four-star recruits coming in this fall, Delance – who chose Texas over Michigan and LSU – joins QB Shane Buechele, WRs Collin Johnson and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, CB Obi Eboh, and DE Andrew Fitzgerald.