Back to basics for up-and-down Horns
Before teaching anything else, legendary UCLA coach John Wooden would show his basketball players how to properly put on their socks and shoes.
Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns seem to be all right in that area. But Barnes has found himself instructing his young team on another fundamental skill: shooting layups. Texas vs. Texas State, 7 p.m., Erwin Center, LHN, 1300, 98.1
Missing them is part of basketball, but Longhorns Demarcus Holland, Ioannis Papapetrou and Julien Lewis each butchered one uncontested layup during a 6563 loss to UCLA last week in Houston.
Holland, a freshman, and Lewis, a sophomore, appeared to miss because they were undecided between dunking and laying the ball in the basket.
“What we’ve told them all along is, if you are not going to dunk it, use the glass,” Barnes said.
Such indecision is not restricted to layups. As the Longhorns (5-4) attempt to salvage their season after a poor