Lady Horns Upset
Although star center Imani Boyette posted her ninth double-double, with 15 points and 17 boards, the (former) fourth-ranked Longhorns fell for the first time this season to the surging No. 7 Baylor Lady Bears, 80-67. The loss broke their longest season-opening winning streak since the 1986 NCAA championship team. 53 of Baylor's 80 points were scored by Alexis Jones and Nina Davis, buttressed with a perfect 8 of 8 from the line from each. The Bears were 24 for 25, largely the difference in the game. Boyette & co. look to get past the hiccup against No. 19 Oklahoma.
Men Continue to Confuse
Their 74-69 win over Oklahoma State tells a microcosmic tale of the men's 2015-16 season. They can be world-beaters, and then – in this particular case, the same game – they can be (almost) beaten by teams they have no business losing to (see last week's game vs. TCU). After being up 15 at the half, the Horns went Arctic-cold and had to be saved via late game heroics by Isaiah Taylor – who sank four freebies in the last 13 seconds. Firmly in the middle of the pack, in the best conference in America, the young Horns must build onto the momentum Saturday vs. No. 3 Kansas. (At press time, they will have played No. 6 West Virginia.)
On the Recruiting Front
This past weekend seems to be a massive success for Coach Strong and the Longhorn program. Over 20 recruits arrived for official (and surprise) visits on the Forty Acres. In the course, the Longhorns were able to confirm the flip of longtime Kansas State OL commit Zach Shackelford, who will likely vie for the open center spot at spring practice. Five-star Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones and a group of four-star talents – CB Eric Cuffee, safety Deontay Anderson, OLB Jeffrey McCulloch, and DT Stephon Taylor – had very positive visits. Building off the positive momentum in the season's strong finish, the hiring of Gilbert and Mattox, and the success of Texas' true freshmen, the burnt orange snowball is rolling downhill, and in a hurry.