2. Dylan Osetkowski and Jericho Sims stepped up
The front court was on point when Texas basketball needed it to be against an inferior group of Oklahoma forwards. Texas completely outmatched the Sooners down low, and it even showed for this team off the bench. After a weary showing from the Horns front court in the close road loss to Kansas, this group rebounded as needed.
Most of the playing time in the front court for the Horns fell to Hayes and senior center Dylan Osetkowski. But, when sophomore forward Jericho Sims did get his opportunity to make an impact in this game, he definitely made the most of it. Sims doesn’t have the role he expected in the rotation this season, but he’s made some valuable quiet contributions lately.
Sims actually has one of the better player efficiency ratings on the team this season, sitting above 13. He’s nowhere near what Hayes is doing this season, and that’s the palpable reason for his drop in role as time moves along. What’s keeping Sims so pivotal in this rotation is the foul trouble coming from Hayes which affords him some additional playing time.
In just eight minutes on the floor, Sims hit on one of his two attempts from the field and also posted three valuable rebounds and one assist. Sims also didn’t have a single turnover or personal foul. That added to the quality outing from Osetkowski, who finished with an impressive 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and only one foul. As a result, Osetkowski enjoyed his fifth double-double of the season.