First Look at the 2016-17 Texas Basketball Team

The Texas basketball team is looking good for the next year. This team has some new talent coming up and is ready to take on other college basketball teams.
The team is off to a rocky start once again but that does not mean that all is lost. The Texas Longhorns were ranked in the top 25 before the year begun. While many felt the team did not prove itself at this point that is a nice position to start off in. The first five games of the season have come and went and the team is 3-2. There are some things that are going well for the Longhorns and they may be able to save the season.
This team has some strong defensive players that are playing smart with the ball. They have done a pretty good job of keeping other teams from scoring. With the help of James Banks the team is looking good on the defensive end. Banks has been playing smart in his position. He has a decent foul rate but it is too early to tell if he will be good during this season.
The team is  able to hold onto the basketball. They have only turned the ball over 16 percent of the times that it was in their possession. This is a very good rate.
There are some things that the Longhorns do need to improve upon. They do not have a great offensive and still have trouble getting rebounds on the ball. They need to increase their defense and keep it steady from game to game. The team also needs to learn how to shoot three point shots. They have not been doing so well up until this point. The players were able to make only 29 percent of their three point shot attempts. This has been the main reason why they have been losing games so far. The team is either making poor shots or they are not able to make the good shots. Looking back at the games so far this season is looks like the team is missing their good shots and shots that should be easy for a basketball player to make.
The offensive of the team is focusing on two players. They are putting a lot on Jarrett Allen and Shaquille Cleare. While these players are good they are not the only ones on offensive. It seems that others teams are able to cover these players knowing that they will be given the ball. They are then able to block the pass attempts. The team needs to move the ball around more.
There is still hope for fans of this Texas basketball team. The college basketball season is a long season and there are still plenty of games left to be played. This means the Longhorns will have a chance to improve their games as well. If the team is able to make some improvements than there is still time ofr a good season and the fans can still have hope for their team.

Who Will Replace Charlie Strong at Texas?

Like most things, it all started with a rumor that Charlie Strong was to be fired and replaced. Why would the Longhorns wait until the end of the season to replace Strong? What happened to his double overtime victory against Notre Dame? Not good enough? Well, it look as if Strong is in for a kick to the curb! Unfortunately, the bad sometimes outweighs the good, especially in sports. Strong had a close call it being let go about a month after his victory, with he led the team to back to back losses to Cal and Oklahoma State.

Now that the stage is set for a replacement, there is 5 coaching options to potentially replace Strong. The first choice actually turns out not to be a Texas guy, but he would be more than thrilled to take the position. Tom Herman, Houston’s head coach, had been coaching for most of his career. I’m betting he would bring big things to Texas, and pretty fast too!

Choice number 2 would be David Shaw, the Stanford head coach. At first he was looking to be a better suit for USC, but with his NFL experience and a tough mentality, he could also bring great things to the team. Not only is he young and smart, but another African American coach would be positive in many ways for the team.

Coming in at number 3 is Bryan Harsin, the Boise state head coach and previous quarterback for the Broncos. Harsinn was the young, hot guy as a Texas offensive coach, before he took over Arkansas State. The biggest problem is that his offenses didn’t really blow the Texas skirt up.

Greg Schiano, Ohio States defensive coordinator, puts himself at number 4 for the position. He’s actually been quit a popular pick for coaching gigs over the past few months. Schiano has a few trophies in his case, being the most dominant defense in college football during the first month of the season. With his aggression, and attacking defenses, he might be just what Texas is looking for!

Lastly but certainly not least, Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator may be taking a swing at the coach position. He definatly could use a new job after is rough time at the head man at Denver for a couple years. Being only 40, McDaniels is energenic, and excellent at the college level. If Texas is looking for a B+ list coach, he might just do the trick!
Each one of these men have a lot they could offer to Texas. Even though the Longhorn world went completely loony the last time there was a hot seat to replace Charlie, we are hoping for a little less crazy this go around. I’m sure whoever steps in Strongs place will bring big things to the Longhorns. We all know that it takes a strong person to fill such an important position, and I have no doubt that we will be in for a surprise when it comes time to put someone new in Charlie’s seat!

What Went Wrong During the Charlie Strong Era at Texas

After three years as head coach at the University of Texas, Charlie Strong has been fired after compiling three straight losing seasons and an overall 16-21 record. Although there are many causes for the potential departure of Strong, in reality there is no one definitive answer as to why Texas will now have to begin yet another coaching search. In truth, there were so many issues with Strong’s three years at the helm that he was bound to fail eventually.

Inability to beat the top teams

To be the best you have to beat the best, and that is one area where Charlie Strong did not succeed at Texas. Over Strong’s three years at the helm, the Longhorns posted a 5-10 record against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Some of these notable victories include defeating #24 West Virginia in 2014 and #8 Baylor in 2016. Despite small glimpses of incredible play which were able to spring some victories against quality opponents, the University of Texas is simply expected to put together more than one or two wins against ranked opponents a year. The Big 12 schedule provides plenty of opportunity to rack up quality wins, which is something that Strong was not able to take advantage of.

Miserable losses

Although it may have been the loss to lowly Kansas that ultimately caused the Texas administration to fire Strong, there were a number of questionable losses during the three years which Strong led the team which also did not help his cause. Some of the notable losses include Iowa State (2015) and a 41-7 embarrassment to BYU in 2014. At the end of the day, Strong’s tenure may go down as one in which he beat who he was supposed to beat, and lost who he was supposed to lose to. Although it does sound comfortable, this is not a good recipe to keeping your job especially at a major university like Texas.

Inconsistency in coaching staff

Everyone knows that the number one priority of a recently hired head coach is to bring over all of their staff; assistants, offensive and defensive coordinators, etc. While Strong was able to move most of his primary options over to his coaching staff, there was an incredible amount of turnover in those positions during Strong’s tenure. By the time that Strong will officially be relieved of his duties, Strong would have lost eight of his assistant coaches, as well as two instances where coordinators had to be demoted. This incredible lack of consistency ultimately produced plenty of questions surrounding Strong and his staff, and only complicated issues as the team continued to drop games year after year.

Texas pressure

At the end of the day, there are just certain programs throughout the country that just come with an immense amount of pressure. Schools like Alabama, Michigan, and Florida State have some of the most passionate fan bases in the nation, but sometimes that passion can turn against a head coach that cannot produce immediate success. Ultimately, this was the case with Strong at Texas, as he was never quite able to gain the support of the entire Texas football community despite his cries for patience. What even makes the entire situation more unfortunate is that Strong was able to win the hearts of all of his players, as exhibited by their public outcries for support during the past week. However, as much confidence as the Texas players have exhibited in their head man the pressure from the administration and the paying community eventually did him in.

Best Players in Texas Longhorn Basketball History

When it comes to basketball, Texas is one of the most successful schools in the United States as it has won several tournaments and trophies. Needless to say Texas has produced so many great Longhorn basketball legends over the years. Some of the all time best Longhorn basketball players have been discussed below.

Maurice Evans

This shooting guard is mostly known for his long career in NBA. He had an average of 15.6 points and 5.3 rebound per game. His shooting ability earned him a regular starting shirt. He has played for the wizards, the Lakers and Hawks. His immeasurable contributions to basketball in Texas brought him into this list.

Guillermo Myers

This man was part of the high flying Texas basketball teams in the 80s. He outstripped most of his opponents with his physical strength. This is why he was a difficult defender to pass by. His high speed also enhanced his scoring ability. He was said to have blocked a total of 101 shots in his whole career.

Despite his basketball skills, he was not fortunate enough to be drafted into the league so he never played in the league.

Royal Ivey

This guy can best be described as a “ferocious defender”. He virtually had a steal per game all through his four years of play. Even though he did not score much, being a very good defender earned him a regular play time. The best of his performance was at the beginning of his career in Atlanta.

Karl Willock

He was a great defender and was once named defensive player of the year. He was also astonishing with the distribution of assists. He distributed a total of 361 assists in his career and became the 10th best distributor in the history of Texas Longhorn basketball.

A tree cannot make a forest. He was said to have played in a team where his contributions never yielded encouraging results and as such he was never draft picked into the league.

Kenton Paulino

He is being remembered for his single greatest shot in Longhorn history. It was a stunning 25-foot shot against West Virginia. Kenton shoots better than 400 from three-point range. Only four other players could also pull such stunt. Unfortunately, he was never drafted so he was not fortunate enough to play in the league.

Jordan Hamilton

This guy made an impact in his first year as a starter in Austin. Since then his performance was quite encouraging. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in each game. He didn’t have much opportunity to make an impact in the league as he only got an average of 9.9 minutes of play per game even though he made the best of the short play time.

Al Almanza

This man played from 1958 to 1961. He was instrumental to the first Longhorn NCAA Tournament berth in 13 straight years. He also represented Mexico, his country of origin in Olympic basketball the year he won the NCAA tournament. He finished his career with an average of 8 rebounds per game. He was drafted by the Lakers at the seventh round. He was not lucky enough to play in the NBA.

Carlton Cooper

Carlton played from 1981 to 1985. He was a fantastic scorer. Averaging 17.2 points per game spoke volumes about his scoring ability. He had a total of 692 rebounds in his career. He had no opportunity to play in the NBA despite being drafted by the Mavericks in Round 6.

Tristan Thompson

Although he did not play for a long period, he made an impact during his short period. He played from 2010 to 2011. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. His tally of 86 blocks is said to be the third highest in the history of the program.

In conclusion, there are over 50 legendary basketball players Texas has produced. The ones mentioned above were just selected randomly.