Rebounding, 3-point line critical vs. Texas

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Today, the No. 8 Texas Tech basketball team can move to 4-0 in Big 12 play by beating Texas in Austin.  To come away with the win, Tech will have to play quality perimeter defense, dominate on the glass and slow down Texas’ talented guards.

Today, a huge opportunity awaits the Texas Tech basketball team.  With a win, Tech would move to 4-0 in Big 12 play an enter Wednesday’s home tilt with second-place Iowa State with a full game lead over every team in the conference.

But to do so, Tech will have to solve the riddle that has been Austin.  Having not won in the state capital in 23 years, the Red Raiders certainly have some Erwin Center demons to exorcise.

This year’s version of the Longhorns is quite enigmatic to say the least.  UT has beaten some quality teams such as North Carolina, Arkansas and Purdue while losing at home to Radford, VCU and Providence.

And even in three Big 12 games this season, the Horns have already been on a wild ride.  After opening league play with a dominating 20-point win at Kansas State and a 61-54 home win over West Virginia, Texas was stunned at Oklahoma State, which was previously winless in league play.

That game was a microcosm of the Longhorns’ season.  Texas displayed a lack of energy and execution in an awful first half that resulted in a 17-point deficit only to flip the switch in the second half thanks to some strong play from its talented guards,  Eventually pulling to within one score, the Horns could not get over the hump missing a critical last-minute 3-pointer in the 61-58 loss.

This is a dangerous team that has yet to figure out how to be consistent.  The question is not the talent on the roster but in whether or not that talent can put together a full game.

But after a disappointing loss to OSU, Texas is likely give their its effort against the Red Raiders today.  Let’s take a look at three things Texas Tech fans need to know about the Longhorns ahead of this rivalry game.

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