Longhorn Men's Basketball

Texas Takes Down Ole Miss in Big 12/SEC Showdown

Texas Takes Down Ole Miss in Big 12/SEC Showdown

The Horns welcomed in the Rebels of Ole Miss to the Frank Erwin Center Saturday afternoon. Kerwin Roach knocked down a couple of threes early to keep Texas ahead of an Ole Miss surge. Texas fans held their breath with 16 minutes to go in the first half as Mo Bamba went into the locker room with what appeared to be a left thigh injury. Bamba was able to come back with about 9 minutes left in the first half. The impact of Bamba’s return was felt throughout the arena, as Texas played their best stretch of basketball in that first half, led by an emotionally driven Bamba, hitting a rare 3 pointer.

Texas lead at the half 45-36 and eased into the second half until an incredible dunk by Bamba at the 14-minute mark. This was followed with a three-pointer by Eric Davis and Bamba adding to his poster collection with another slam down igniting the crowd at the 10-minute mark. This put Texas up 17 points and in cruising position for the rest of the afternoon. The Horns would roll to an 85-72 win, scoring their most points in regulation since November 29th.

Mo Bamba was an easy candidate for player of the game, scoring 25 points with 15 rebounds. Deandre Burnett led Ole Miss scoring 21 points. Texas shot 45.2 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from the three-point line, just above their 30 percent season average.

3 Takeaways –

  • Dylan Osetkowski debuted a new cornrows look today. Normally this time would be spent questioning the hair decision, but since Osetkowski put up 17 points and 7 rebounds, the hair critiques can be saved for another day.
  • Dominik Olejniczak averaged 3.9 points per game for Ole Miss coming into today, put up 16 points and was responsible for keeping Ole Miss around in the first half.
  • Shout out to the fan with the Dylly Dylly sign in the crowd, combining the popular Bud Light ad and Longhorns player Dylan Osetkowski. Not a bad sign to bring back next week when College Gameday is in town.

Up Next: Texas travels up to Lubbock to take on the 14th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas beat Texas Tech 67-58 back on January 17th in Austin. Texas Tech won today at South Carolina 70-63.

Looking Ahead: ESPN’s College Gameday will be heading to Austin next weekend for a pivotal showdown between Texas and Oklahoma.

Written by: Joshua Conrad

adam wagner

January 29th, 2018

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