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Rapid reaction: OU shocked by wild Texas rally, loses 92-85 in Austin

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Oklahoma blew a 22-point second half lead and lost to Texas in overtime on Wednesday. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

OU held a commanding 22-point lead with less than eight minutes to play. The Sooners were shooting over, rolling through and dunking on Texas with relative ease, capped off by a ferocious Amath M’Baye alley-oop with 7:56 left to play. It was all but over. And, in an act of showmanship, M’Baye punctuated the dunk with a ‘Horns Down’ sign. Then everything changed. UT went on a frantic 32-10 run at the end of regulation, sending it to overtime on a Myck Kabango buzzer beater. Did the ‘Horns Down’ sign inspire it? I’m not so sure. But that’s certain to be the postgame talk. Take a look below.

It was over when…

…Texas rolled over that momentum to the extra period, finishing the game on a ridiculous 47-19 run. OU seemed mentally drained and a bit shocked after blowing the lead, while the Longhorns fed off a small but suddenly inspired crowd.

Star of the game – Myck

The game-tying floater (shown below) was a thing of awkward beauty, but that’s not all the lighting quick point guard did. Check the loaded stat line for UT’s talented sophomore: 31 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals. Think the Longhorns are happy to have Kabongo back?

What it means

There was some late talk by the announcers that this could potentially knock OU out of the tournament. I think that’s a bit premature. Certainly, this was a disastrous loss for OU. Probably the worst of the Kruger era. But OU still has a solid RPI, good victories on its resume and three very winnable upcoming games. But it certainly makes the margin for error a bit slimmer.

Stats of note

-OU went on a 22-5 run and shot 71% in the first half
-Texas scored 45 points in the first 32 minutes and 47 in the final 13.

Twitter reaction (and there was plenty)

Video

It’s rare that a 6-foot-9 forward can throw a 30-foot lob so beautifully. Unless their name is LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Props to Amath M’Baye for this one:

Up next

An interesting test for OU on Saturday. Iowa State, an incredible home team that has struggled on the road, heads to Norman for a battle of Big 12 upstarts. The Cyclones seem destined for the tournament, but a win over OU would likely lock it up, while a loss would muddle the picture. So expect them to play energized.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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