For the first time in Texas basketball history, the Longhorns have beaten a ranked opponent in three-straight games after their 74-60 win over No. 24 Baylor. Texas (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) won with decided advantage inside, punishing the Bears with aggressive drives to the basket and dogged effort around the hoop. Baylor (13-6, 1-5 Big 12) had a poor shooting night — 32 percent from the field and 18 percent from three — but the Longhorns also outworked them on 50-50 balls. After two early losses in Big 12 play, Texas has reeled off five straight wins and should enter the Top 25 when the rankings are released Monday. It will be the first time the Longhorns are ranked since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. 2. Taylor breaks Baylor’s zone: There are normally two ways to break a good zone — shooting the three well and penetration. Texas couldn’t make anything behind the arc Saturday, but freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor sliced the Bears’ zone with ease. Taylor ignited the Longhorns’ offense often, reaching the basket by twisting through the center of the Baylor zone. He’d either dump the ball off to Texas’ bigs down low or use a floater to loft the ball over the Bears’ large front line. He isn’t the most effective shooter from the outside, but because of his quickness Taylor finished with a career-high 27 points. 3. Rebounding battle: Texas and Baylor are the first and third ranked rebounding teams in the Big 12 respectively, and the two teams’ reputation on the boards did not disappoint. It was a slug-fest for rebounds the entire day, as Baylor’s tower Isaiah Austin battled with the Longhorns’ Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh. But it wasn’t just the centers fighting for space inside, everyone from guards to forwards crashed the boards. In the end, Texas won the rebounding battle 43-30, which helped spark the win. 4. Felix struggles: Javan Felix had perhaps his best game of the season Tuesday in a win over No. 22 Kansas State, but the sophomore’s positive momentum did not carry to Waco. Felix had a terrible shooting performance against the Bears, finishing with six points on 25 percent shooting. He had open jump shots that didn’t fall and didn’t get to the basket either. He did rebound a bit in the second half, after a 0-for-6 performance in the first, to score six points in the frame. Normally, Texas relies on Felix to provide scoring, but thanks to Taylor’s excellent offensive performance, the Longhorns endured a bad day from their most potent offensive threat.
Texas knocks off No. 24 Baylor, makes program history with victory
Dallas Morning News | Jan 25