Posted November 21st, 2005 by Matt
Filed under: Basketball

Much too close of a game for my tastes. I was really surprised by how sloppy Texas played, and it almost cost them the game. Texas committed 24 turnovers, with 9 of them coming from Daniel Gibson. That is something that you just cannot have from the point guard position. But if you take away the turnovers, Texas absolutely dominated this game. Texas had 40 rebounds to West Virginia’s 19 and Texas shot 54.2% while holding West V to 47.5%.

The main thing that I took away from the game is that we need to figure out a way to get the ball to Aldridge a lot more. I just don’t see too many people being able to guard him down low. Aldridge ended up finishing the game an impressive 7-10 from the field for 15 points and added 14 rebounds.

He also played a big part in the end of the game scoring the winning basket with 3.6 seconds left. And if that wasn’t enough, he had the final block of the game as Gansey went to the rim for a wide open lay-up and Aldridge came out of nowhere to block the shot. One thing to note though is that none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for the fact that West V missed 3 front-ends of a one-in-one, 2 by Pittsnogle (I would change my name if I were him).

And on a side note, was it just me or were the refs frustrating in the second half? Texas never seemed to get a foul called their way and West Virginia seemed like they were getting everything. The game was definitely physical, but if you are going to call the game like that you have to let it go on both ends.


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