With Texas coming to Stillwater on Saturday, OSU coach Travis Ford delved into film study of the Longhorns' Wednesday night overtime win over Oklahoma.
And like a lot of Sooner fans, he watched with shock and awe.
“I was part of a game we were down by 31 with 15 minutes left and won when I was at Kentucky,” Ford said Thursday. “So I've been a part of those games and know what it feels like. Everything has to go right on both sides. They've got to help you and you better help yourself.
“And a little bit of that happened. Incredible comeback. Great energy from Texas. They did it with defense and offense. Very impressive comeback.”
Texas, down 22-points with 7:54 remaining in regulation, rallied to force the extra period and win, looking like a different team than the Cowboys beat in Austin three weeks ago.
And the Longhorns are different, with Myck Kabongo back from suspension, providing some of the same intangibles that Marcus Smart delivers for OSU. Kabongo went for 22 points against the Sooners, including the game-tying basket on a circus shot at the end of regulation.
“They come in here with a lot of confidence right now,” Ford said of the Longhorns. “Not just because of how they beat Oklahoma, but they're 3-2 with Kabongo. They're averaging 73 points with him in the lineup. That kept me up last night.”
Saturday: Texas, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: at Iowa State, 6 p.m.
March 9: Kansas State, 12:45 p.m.
NASH TOOK ADVANTAGE OF FROGS
TCU coach Trent Johnson said his team had no answer for the Cowboys' Le'Bryan Nash, who had his way with the Horned Frogs, scoring a career-high 28 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the floor in OSU's 64-47 win Wednesday night.
“We knew they weren't great shot blockers, so we took advantage of that, especially me,” Nash said. “I tried to penetrate the lane and get to the bucket all the time. That's the biggest thing about my game, getting to the hole. That's what I try to do a lot. And it worked out for me this game.”
For Johnson, it was pick-your-poison approach. He chose to extend the defense on the guards, leaving Nash with mismatches inside.
“He took advantage,” Ford said, “because they decided they were going to lock up our guards and not help at all, which created some driving angles and created him some room and some freedom to use his skills.
“He's tough to stop if you're going to do that.”