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Inside The Box Score: Texas

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Starting a new, and possibly ugly, feature here on PFB today called inside the box score where we’ll take a look at some statistical anomalies that may or may not have explained what happened on the court.

First up, the Texas game in Austin.

1. What’s the deal with Keiton’s free throw shooting this season? He came into the year shooting at an 86% clip but hasn’t even managed to break the 80% mark this year. Strangely enough this wasn’t his first 0-1 game from the line. He had one last year in the Big 12 tournament against Nebraska.

2. Mike Cobbins, come on down! The first double digit rebounding total of his career and one of five Cowboys (JPO, Jurick, Nash, and Markel being the others) to total 10+ boards in a game this season.

3. Question: “If your nickname coming into college is the ‘Mexican Assassain’, should you shoot better than 35% on the season and be able to pile up something greater than “2” for your total points and assists in a given game? Answer: yes.

4. OSU is 322nd in the country in assists per game. And a six spot is going to bring them down. That’s incredible.

5. Speaking of, a 1-to-3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is bad, right?

6. J’Covan came in to the game averaging about 20 points a game but was a little bit slowed by an ankle injury. So to recap that for you, Texas’ best scorer was injured and they proceeded to shoot 21% from the field in the first half and still won by nine.

7. I wonder how many teams have shot 30% or worse in a game and won? It seems inexplicably difficult to do and yet Texas has nearly turned the trick twice this year as they shot 31.6% against Sam Houston State in a 56-40 thriller earlier this season.

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