After playing Saturday’s game, a 61-57 win at Kansas State that ended a four-game losing streak, without two members of his rotation Texas head coach Rick Barnes will once again be without a starter when the Longhorns take on TCU Wednesday night.
6-foot-8 senior forward Jonathan Holmes, who’s currently second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, will miss his second consecutive game. Holmes suffered a concussion in Texas’ home loss to Oklahoma State last Wednesday, and he hasn’t practiced since according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.
Texas did receive good news in regards to the status of guard Javan Felix however, as he’s been cleared to play after also missing Saturday’s win due to a concussion. Felix was injured late in a loss at Baylor, resulting in his missing the Oklahoma State and Kansas State games.
Without those two in the lineup Saturday, Barnes went with an eight-man rotation with freshman Jordan Barnett playing 11 minutes. Barnett, who is averaging 9.3 minutes per game on the season, played a total of five minutes in the Longhorns’ losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State and did not play against either Kansas (January 24) or Iowa State (January 26).
Texas forward Jonathan Holmes will not play against Kansas State
Texas has dropped four straight heading into Saturday’s Big 12 clash with Kansas State.
The Longhorns will enter the game without the services of Jonathan Holmes, the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder, who will not travel with the team due to a concussion, according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. Holmes took a shot to the head early in the second half against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Holmes is averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for struggling Texas, which has fallen to 3-6 in the conference standings. The Longhorns will be taking another another slumping Big 12 program in K-State, which has dropped four of its last five following a hot start to league play.
The Wildcats suspended leading scorer Marcus Foster and freshman Malek Harris on Wednesday night for violation of team rules.
After a tremendous start to the season, Texas has faltered recently during Big 12 play with three consecutive losses. Things didn’t get any easier for the Longhorns on Tuesday as the team announced on their official Twitter page that junior guard Javan Felix will miss Wednesday’s home game against Oklahoma State with a concussion.
NEWS: Javan Felix (concussion) is out for Wednesday's home game vs. Oklahoma State.
The 5-foot-11 Felix comes off the bench for Texas and started in-place of Isaiah Taylor when Taylor was out with a broken wrist earlier this season. The New Orleans native is averaging 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and has been one of the Longhorns’ most reliable perimeter options this season at 38 percent from 3-point range.
Texas also has a game this Saturday on the road against Kansas State and it’s unclear at this point whether Felix will be available for the game.