With Saturday’s decisive 77-66 victory in Norman, the Texas Longhorns completed a sweep of their arch-nemesis, the Oklahoma Sooners.
It took Oklahoma’s freshman phenom Trae Young a while to heat up. And while the nation’s leading scorer posted 26 points, he was unable to ever make enough of a dent in the Longhorns’ lead in a game where Texas led throughout.
Instead, it was Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski who won the day, leading the Longhorns with 21 points and providing a spark in key moments.
The Longhorns had four scorer in double figures. Texas dominated inside with Mo Bamba producing 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds as he notched his 14th double-double of the season.
Blistering shooting enabled Texas to hit 55 percent from the field and limited Oklahoma to 31 of its field-goal attempts. The Longhorns outrebounded Oklahoma, 43-31, and produced a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint.
Texas is clinging to a projected slot in the NCAA Tournament, and snagging a win over a ranked opponent certainly helps their chances of making the field of 64. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for Texas as well and extends Oklahoma’s losing streak to five straight games and eight of the Sooners’ last 10.
The Longhorns still have games against Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and West Virginia remaining, so the road will not get any easier if the Longhorns wish to hold on to their spot. For now, though, the Longhorns can celebrate their victory in one of college sports’ most ferocious rivalries.