Winners: Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns got their first “quality” win of the season (i.e. another team that is not a low-major), beating LSU 96-85 in Houston.
Although this type of win won’t move the needle that much for their metrics/resume, the emergence of Dylan Disu -- who returned for the first time this season following a foot injury -- looks like the missing piece for the Longhorns who played their most complete game Saturday afternoon.
Disu tallied 17 points, four rebounds and five assists in the Longhorn's winning effort and will certainly play a major role for Rodeny Terry’s club as he was one of the key pieces to their 29-win club just last season.
Although the remaining non-conference schedule is far from daunting, Rodney Terry now has a pivotal piece in Dylan Disu to work with, increasing the ceiling of this Longhorn squad.
Losers: UCLA Bruins
It’s the middle of December, and UCLA has zero wins outside of the top 250 in KenPom. Not good!
Standing at just 5-4, the Bruins have beaten the likes of St. Francis (PA), Lafayette, Long Island, Chaminade and UC Riverside (barely) and have looked sluggish offensively in their four losses to Marquette, Gonzaga, Villanova and Ohio State.
Coming off of a 67-60 loss to a quality Ohio State team on Saturday, the youthful Bruins were held to just 1 for 9 shooting from the three-point line.
In another loss where Mick Cronin’s club struggled to close out a quality opponent, the youth on this Bruins squad is showing -- and not for the best.