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Monday, December 6


Texas 70 Seton Hall 62

Texas came away with a gritty win over Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon, getting solid performances from freshman Daniel Gibson and big men Brad Buckman and Jason Klotz. It was a win that had to please Rick Barnes as the Horns used their size and strength to get the win.

Daniel Gibson’s learning curve is apparently pretty steep, as well. He’s making much better decisions and is quickly becoming a very solid game manager. The only downside to the Horns 5-1 run to begin the season has been P.J. Tucker’s sluggish start. Tucker fouled out on Saturday despite just 20 minutes of action, managing to only score 7 points. Tucker, who is still the best all-around player on the team, is getting himself into trouble with fouls and not finding a consistent rhythm on offense. I’m not yet convinced that moving Tucker to the outside is the best move for this team, but it’s still a work in progress and I’m willing to go with it for a while. Nonetheless, Tucker needs to channel his energy more productively and keep himself on the floor.

Freshman Lamarcus Aldridge was equally hack-tastic, fouling out in just 12 minutes of playing time. He is so incredibly raw right now, but he is showing flashes of future dominance. Horns fans will have to be patient, though.

Another solid win for Texas, and now they’ll have two opportunities to hone their game before traveling to Wake Forest for a showdown with one of the best teams in the country. Gibson’s development is promising and the inside game appears to be flowing again, but Texas has still got a ways to go if it plans to win at Wake.

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