Tennesse 95, Texas 78

A couple of neighbors suggested that I was unduly harsh last week in claiming Texas’ 35 point to loss Duke dented the former’s credibility as a national title contender (the counter argument being that this was, y’know, Duke). All of that said, I think it is safe to assume that today’s blowout loss at home to unranked Tennessee has further exposed Texas’ limitations. Once again, the Horns had to make do without Brad Buckman, though the loss of Daniel Gibson to a concussion 9 minutes in was probably the more fatal blow. PJ Tucker, playing with 4 fouls through most of the 2nd half, was particularly ineffective on both ends of the floor.

And full credit to Tennessee, Texas had no answers for the sharp-shooting of guards CJ Watson, JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton (a combined 11 for 17 from 3 point range).

Though Phil Mushnick would be the first to remind us that Kentucky beating Louisville at homeas they learned yesterday that Robert Morris’ suspension has been reduced to 14 games (down from a full season ban).