No. 25 Texas got its biggest win of the season this afternoon in using a second half rally to defeat No. 3 Oklahoma, 76-63. Junior guard Isaiah Taylor led the Longhorns with 18 points as Texas went on an epic 23-0 run in the second half and held Oklahoma scoreless for nearly seven minutes.
Without going into too much detail, Oklahoma’s over-reliance on both the three-ball and star shooter Buddy Hield buried them. Hield had 33 points, but the most any player had after him was guard Jordan Woodard, who had 15.
Percentage-wise, Oklahoma shot just under 38 percent from the field and 28 of its 61 shots came from three-point land. Even worse, the Sooners took just nine trips to the free-throw line and to add insult to injury, committed 20 fouls and handed Texas 27 trips to the charity stripe.
And it was a perfect havoc game for Texas and head coach Shaka Smart. The Longhorns made 44.6 percent of their shot attempts as a team and were smart with their shot selection, sinking 6 of just 15 attempts from beyond the arc compared to 56 total shots. Simply put, this late in the season, pulling off a much-needed win like this one instantly makes them a prime contender for a decent NCAA Tournament run.
Next on the docket for the Longhorns is No. 2 Kansas on Monday, while takes on big and tough No. 19 Baylor on Tuesday.
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