Fatigue, bad shots plaguing Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas -- At a time when a team, even a young one like Texas, should be hitting its stride, the Longhorns (12-5, 2-2) are hitting the wall.

And to make matters worse, the players are not hitting shots. Or even taking the right ones for that matter.

In the last three games, the Texas offense has averaged 64 points per game -- 12 below its average -- shot 33 percent in the first halves and started games glacially slow -- averaging just 13 points in the first 10 minutes of each game. The staggering thing is, twice Texas got away with such poor offensive play in large part because of how bad Texas A&M and Oklahoma State were, and because of the Texas defense.

But No. 5 Missouri, while not the best the Big 12 has to offer, certainly is in the upper echelon of the conference. And the Tigers wasted little time putting the Longhorns in their place with an 84-73 win Saturday in Columbia, Mo.