Desperately in need of good news in a Texas basketball season that's slipping away, coach Shaka Smart got some this week. Long-time recruiting target Matt Coleman of Virginia's Oak Hill Academy told an ESPNU audience that he would play basketball next season at Texas and not Duke. Then in explaining his choice, the Longhorns' point guard of the future pretty much diagnosed the problem of the present. "Watching Texas play, watching both teams play, and just finding out where I was needed more," Coleman said, calling Smart a player's coach. "Constantly, you're just hearing, like 'Texas needs a point guard. They need a point guard. Things would be different if they had a point guard.'" More than
Betting lines won’t be released until later tonight, so our predictions will be based on KenPom’s projected spread. It usually ends up being pretty close to Vegas’ lines. SATURDAY’S SHOWDOWNS No. 14 Arizona at No. 3 UCLA, Sat. 4:00 p.m. (CBS): First place in the Pac-12 is on the line on Saturday when Arizona makes the trek to Pauley Pavilion to square off with UCLA. The Bruins, who many believe are actually the best team in college basketball, currently sit a game behind both Arizona and Oregon – who may or may not have just lost Dillon Brooks to another foot injury – in the Pac-12 race, and this will be their chance to close the gap on at least one of those two. Arizona is an interesting team.
The top-ranked team in the RPI at the moment has 12 Top 100 wins, with seven of those coming against Top 50 foes. Then, in mid-February, KU will play its return games against the Mountaineers and Bears within a week.