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Updated: 2018-02-17T15:26:15-06:00


Shooting From the Corner: Texas 77, Oklahoma 66, My Soul 1


They ain’t dead yet. The Good The Whole Damn Team From the opening tip to the final buzzer, Texas was the more aggressive, energetic, and focused team. Every player played like they knew the path to March Madness ran straight through Norman. Texas never trailed in this game, and the final score doesn’t indicate just how much Texas took the fight to Oklahoma. This was a 20-point win hidden inside an 11-point victory. Mohamed Bamba had a career-high 18 rebounds; Kerwin Roach II hit his only two three-point attempts, dished out three assists, and sublet an apartment inside Trae Young’s jersey; Matt Coleman put up 11 points on 5-5 shooting inside the arc, dropped five dimes, and helped contain Young; Dylan Osetkowski broke out of his slump by scoring 21 points on 9-17 shooting. Jacob Young (?!) was a defensive pest snatching a pair of steals and converting one into a fast-break bucket, and Jase Febres was quietly efficient shooting 2-5 from deep and playing good man defense. Even Wildcard himself, Eric Davis Jr., got in the act by hitting all four free throws and diving for loose balls. Texas grabbed defensive rebounds on 83% of their opportunities, had five players grab at least four rebounds, got double-digit scoring from four players (Davis was nearly the 5th with 9 points), and rolled eight-deep on the rotation. The team held Oklahoma to 0.89 points per possession, the lowest PPP Oklahoma has had all year. Oh, and Texas swept the Sooners this year. Pretty good. Texas spent the last five days recovering physically from a three games in five days stretch, and it showed in their energy. Legs were fresher, cuts were sharper, passes were crisper. They outworked Oklahoma at every opportunity, creating doubt in the Sooners and capitalizing on The Trae Young Capitulation. (I’m pretty sure Young will be happy to be in the NBA next year where he doesn’t have to see Snoop on the other side of the court, because Roach has a timeshare inside Young’s brain. I don’t think even Jevon Carter has played Young this well to date.) Oklahoma never once led in a game on their own court, and when they did get close Texas always responded. Oklahoma got the score to 45-44 with 13:15 left in the game and Texas followed that with a 12-0 run over the next 4.5 minutes that was pretty much ballgame. From that point on Oklahoma’s defense was incapable of stopping the Texas guards, and Texas responded by driving the lane repeatedly for open layups on a defense that seemed uninterested in helping off their own man. I don’t want to say Oklahoma quit, but they didn’t seem to believe they were ever going to mount a serious comeback. The Sooners were waiting for Superman, but Kerwin Roach II is 180 pounds of kryptonite. (To be fair, both Coleman and Davis played good defense on Young as well. It was a team effort.) Texas’ NCAA Tournament Chances Texas' NCAA tournament resume— (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ 1096 (@Bitterwhiteguy) February 17, 2018 I had hoped for more progress from Sims this season than I’ve seen, but every player progresses at a different rate. Another off-season of conditioning and drills could bring about a significant uptick in Sims’ performance, the coaching staff is still quite high on him. The Bad Defensive Rebounding As well as TCU was shooting the ball today — 55% from the floor and 10-20 from three — the only chances Texas had at cutting into the TCU lead were by generating turnovers and limiting second chance opportunities. The turnovers didn’t happen as Texas got burned going for steals early and subsequently got back in the half-court instead of playing more aggressive, which means limiting second chance points was the only real method left. That didn’t happen, either. Rebounding always has a certain element of luck involved, and TCU got some crazy rebounds (like when one shot went off the side of the backboard and straight to a guy in white) but they also displayed a consistent effort at getting those boards and it paid off for them repeatedly. Texas[...]