College basketball is underway! One of the best games of the week was Texas vs Gonzaga. Let’s take a look at how the matchup went down!
Drew Timme. Drew Time might be the early favorite for national player of the year. Last season, Timme averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds per game on 65.5% shooting so it’s easy to see why he’s a favorite for national player of the year. Timme showed he has gotten even better from last season. He killed Texas with 37 points and 7 rebounds while shooting a blistering 78.9% from the field in this game. This was a statement performance from Drew Timme.
Rasir Bolton. Bolton was the second scoring option for Gonzaga and he took advantage of the opportunity. Bolton scored 16 points on 6/11 shooting while shooting 4/6 from three. One of these threes was a half-court buzzer-beater before halftime which put Gonzaga up 20 with all the momentum heading into the break.
Timmy Allen. This was not a great night offensively or defensively for Texas however Timmy Allen was one of few bright spots. Allen scored 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. On a night where Texas struggled, Allen stepped up and showed he can be a true number one scoring option.
College basketball. College basketball as a whole was a winner on Saturday night. This was a great game for fans to watch on a Saturday night. A top 5 matchup with marquee players all across the board? What more can you ask for as a fan! Hopefully, teams will schedule more marquee matchups early in the season for years to come because this game along with Villanova vs UCLA was awesome.
Texas guards. Don’t get me wrong, Texas has a dynamic trio of guards in their starting lineup. Marcus Carr, Andrew Jones, and Courtney Ramey are all great players. They just did not show that on Saturday. Carr and Ramey shot an abysmal 6/21 combined from the field and only scored 17 points on those shots combined. Andrew Jones just wasn’t aggressive enough. He only took four shots which is inexcusable because he is a good offensive player. All in all, it was not a good night for Texas trio of guards.
Chet Holmgren. Chet Holmgren is elite. He was the number one recruit in the nation for the class of 2021 and he will be dominant this season. However, he did not show that on Saturday. Holmgren had more fouls than points which is never a good stat to have. Other than points he only had 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Part of this could be due to the dominance of Drew Timme but regardless Holmgren needs to be better on both ends of the court in the future.
Texas lack of a center. Perhaps the only glaring hole Texas has on this roster is the need for a true center. Chris Beard was outstanding at constructing this roster in the offseason but the one need is a center. This showed as Drew Timme dominated in the paint all night long. Texas will need to be more physical in the paint to have future success against teams with good centers.
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