Back in the day it would take me days if not weeks to get over a football loss against the SCums from cross-town. I remember I couldn't read the papers or eat breakfast on Sundays following our losses against those clowns when those games actually meant something.
No such problem today. I haven't felt an ounce of sadness, frustration, anger from last night's game. It didn't bother me one bit. I has already been thinking about our coaching search, and also the big game our Ben Ball warriors will be playing tonight at Pauley.
If you haven't had yet, here were my early notes on the Longhorns that I posted on Friday. We have more follow up today.
Diane has a preview up in the LAT, which zeroes in on match-up in the back court:
They all are shooting better than 50% and Abrams and Augustin each shoot better than 49% from three-point range. They also are excellent ballhandlers, Longhorns Coach Rick Barnes says.
What they are not is tall. What they don't have is much of an inside game, and that could be a problem today when No. 8 Texas meets UCLA in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series at Pauley Pavilion.
The second-ranked Bruins have that inside game.
Each team is undefeated -- UCLA is 7-0; Texas is 6-0 -- and each has already defeated another nationally ranked team. The Bruins came from 13 behind while playing without point guard Darren Collison and sixth man Michael Roll to beat Michigan State, and the Longhorns ran Tennessee ragged in a 97-78 win.
That win over Tennessee was caused by the quick hands and feet of sophomore Augustin, who is 6 feet, Abrams, who is 5-11, and Mason, who is 6-2. To counter, UCLA has 6-0 Collison; 6-3 Russell Westbrook and 6-5 Josh Shipp. They, too, are quick. They, too, aren't freshmen. They can handle the ball. They don't shoot like the Longhorns' backcourt, but they aren't supposed to.
Coach Howland talked about "the mathcup nigtmare" in the backcourt:
If Atchley gets into foul trouble or is unable to handle Love inside, Texas does have some beef on the bench to march out against Love to expend their fouls including fellow Oregonian 6'10 240lb freshman Clint Chapman who played against Love numerous times in high school and AAU circuit.
Damion James (6'7, 230, So) is the other forward. Although he leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 a game, he is more of a finesse player. James is averaging 10.5 points on 51% shooting.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will likely slide to the four spot to begin the game although he'll play the three as well during the contest. Mbah a Moute is one of the Bruin's best defenders, however his rebounding numbers have been down since he's moved to the wing. It'll be interesting to see if his totals increase in this game based upon the match-ups.
Love showed some frustration in not getting the ball inside against GW, however it was more a result of the packed in GW zone versus his teammates not getting him the ball.
While some might say the perimeter players need to do a better job in getting Love the ball inside, sometimes you have to take what the defense is giving you. Which means if Texas is going to pack it tight inside then the Bruins need to move Love to the high post to take advantage of his passing and shooting skills.
I imagine our guys know how they will have to fly back on transition, denying those guys from any opportunity from launching fast breaks (in addition to imposing our will in the rebounding department).
This is going to be a very interesting game. I am sure our guys can hear how a Howland coached team cannot play offense or cannot run and gun. I am curious to see what happens tonight if Longhorns dare us to run at them at Pauley. Should be fun.