4 takeaways from Texas vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Nicholas Pannes, Sports Reporter

No. 17 Texas won in a convincing and expected fashion against a 1–10. The game was a refreshing victory for the Longhorns, who returned home after a Dec. 9 loss to No. 23 Seton Hall on the road. Here are four takeaways from the game at the Frank Erwin Center.

Dylan Disu’s first game in burnt orange

Junior forward Dylan Disu suited up for his first game as a Longhorn on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-9-inch, 225-pound transfer from Vanderbilt was a highly anticipated addition coming into this season, but was sidelined throughout the first eight games due to a knee injury. He averaged 15 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last year as a Commodore.

Disu is a strong interior scorer and a rim protector who could add valuable size and strength to this roster. The Pflugerville, Texas product only played 12 minutes as the Longhorns eased

him into the lineup, finishing the night with two points, five rebounds and a block.

Solid offense, strong defense

Texas controlled both sides of the ball from start to finish. While their 63-point offensive performance may seem lackluster given the matchup, the Longhorns took this as an opportunity to spread minutes out to their bench, giving 11 different players at least 10 minutes on the court. Junior forward Tre Mitchell ended the night as the only player on the court in double-digit scoring with 14 points.

Defensively, Texas’ scheme was absolutely suffocating, holding their opponent to just 31 points. That total was the lowest of the season for the Golden Lions, who scored almost twice that in matchups against No. 1 Baylor and No. 11 Iowa State. The Longhorns recorded four blocks and forced a whopping 20 turnovers.

Texas continues to reap rewards from the charity stripe

Earlier in the season, head coach Chris Beard criticized his team’s dearth of trips to the free-throw line, saying it was a crucial area they needed to improve in to play at a high level. In their loss to Seton Hall, the Longhorns were perfect from the charity stripe, but they only earned nine attempts.