Longhorn Men's Basketball

Longhorns Upset #12 OU

Longhorns Upset #12 OU

The basketball edition of Texas (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) and Oklahoma (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) did not disappoint. Short of the unlimited supply of fried food and carnival rides, featured in the football showdown, Saturday’s hardwood edition of the Red River Rivalry featured a raucous sold-out Frank Erwin Center, matching Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Texas’s Mohamed Bamba. However, stealing the spotlight was Texas guard Matt Coleman scoring 22 points. Coleman kept Texas within striking distance of the Sooners all evening, helping to overcome a 10-point second half deficit and leading Texas to a 79-74 win over Oklahoma. Aiding Coleman in the comeback efforts was Texas guard Kerwin Roach putting in 19 points.

Oklahoma’s Trae Young struggled, shooting to 2 of 14 from the three, with 5 turnovers including one trailing by 4 with a minute left, attempting to drive to the hoop through three Texas defenders. While Mohamed Bamba was quiet for most of the afternoon, a big tip out after a missed Texas shot ended up leading to a 74-70 Texas lead, followed later by a Bamba alley-oop to seal the game and give Texas an 8-point lead. Bamba finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

 

Three takeaways

  1. While Trae Young struggled to find his shot throughout the game, Young’s vision was on display all night with 14 assists. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Young led the country in assists coming into today but even that stat underrates his ability to find open teammates.
  2. Texas ended the game on a 21-8 run which says something to their conditioning given the Longhorns only played 7 players in the game. 5 of those players played over 32 minutes each.
  3. Oklahoma’s Brady Manek is a dead ringer for Texas quarterback Shane Buechele. Buechele did grow up in an Oklahoma family…

 

Up next: Texas stays at home to host Kansas State (16-7, 5-5 Big 12). Kansas State lost Saturday 89-51 on the road to 15th ranked West Virginia. It will be the first of two matchups between Texas and Kansas State in a span of 14 days.

Written By: Joshua Conrad

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February 5th, 2018

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