Longhorn Men's Basketball

Texas Collapses in Second Half, Falls to Kansas State

Texas Collapses in Second Half, Falls to Kansas State

After completing a sweep of its archrival Oklahoma last weekend, Texas carried with it something it had been looking for heading into Wednesday’s battle with Kansas State: momentum.

That momentum didn’t last through the Longhorns’ visit to Manhattan as they fell to the Wildcats in a 58-48 decision, putting Texas’ hopes of making it to the Dance in further jeopardy.

Freshman point guard Matt Coleman led Texas with 14 points and freshman forward Mohamed Bamba pitched in with 9 points and 6 rebounds, his first single-digit outing in nine games. Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski also added a double-double effort, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with it.

In an unconventionally low scoring game, neither team was able to get it going until the final ten minutes of the game. Texas used a quick 6-0 run to take a 42-40 lead, capped off by a Bamba dunk.

And that’s where it fell apart for Texas. Junior guard Barry Brown scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, helping the Wildcats respond with a 9-0 run in the final five minutes to seal the game.

There’s a lot of things to point to when diagnosing the loss, but a dismal 28.6% shooting night from Texas, including 11.1% from beyond the arc didn’t help the cause.

The loss puts head coach Shaka Smart all-time record at Texas at a mediocre 47-47 over his three years and puts the Longhorns at risk of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. According to ESPN’s Bracketology, Texas is slated to be one of the first four teams out of the tournament and would probably need a perfect finish from this point on to have shot at the Dance.

The road only gets tougher from here on out for the Longhorns. They’ll face Oklahoma State, who is fresh off a win over No. 6 Texas Tech, on Saturday at 1 p.m. before traveling to Lawrence to face No. 8 Kansas on Monday.

Written by: Keshav Prathivadi

adam wagner

February 22nd, 2018

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