A quick look back at Texas’ 92-86 overtime win over Oklahoma late Wednesday night:
How the Longhorns (13-15, 5-10 Big 12) won: Texas switched to a full-court press when it was down 22 with 7:38 to go and completely changed the landscape of the game — a 47-19 edge over the final 7:38 of regulation and overtime. Myck Kabongo had a career-high 31 points, including an off-balance 12-footer that somehow found nothing but net to tie the game as the clock hit zero.
How the Sooners (18-9, 9-6) lost: Oklahoma just simply couldn’t adapt to Texas’ press. The Sooners struggled to inbound the ball, they struggled to get the ball over halfcourt and they struggled to find the easy shots they had seen over the first 32 minutes. Nothing came easy for OU after Texas’ defensive switch.
Game MVP: Slam dunk. Kabongo. The sophomore point guard willed his team to a potentially season-defining win. His 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists won’t catapult Texas into the NCAA tournament bubble, but a loss — especially a humiliating loss at home, to Oklahoma — would have been catastrophic for the team’s psyche over the last three games and potentially into the offseason.
Horns up: Sheldon McClellan. The oft-criticized sophomore shooting guard scored 12 points after the 3:45 mark of the second half and into overtime, and six in the final 1:11 of regulation to give the Horns a chance.
Horns down: To the team that played the first 32 minutes of the game. That Longhorns basketball team looked like it was the JV going up against the varsity.
Biggest surprise: The full-court press. It only resulted in three Oklahoma turnovers, but the Sooners offense wasn’t nearly the same after Barnes switched his defensive attack. A team that for 32 minutes could call its shots was scrambling and flustered and never solved the puzzle all the way through the extra five minutes.
Stat(s) of the night: Texas’ 22-point comeback is the largest in the Barnes era.
Story of the night: The Longhorns avoided complete disaster by backing up one of their worst halves of the season with their best 13 minutes of basketball of the year. Over the final eight minutes of regulation and the five-minute overtime, Texas looked like a team that could play with anybody in the country.
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