The 15th victory of the 2018-19 regular season took a bit longer to achieve than most Texas basketball fans had to be hoping for.
The Texas basketball program continued its roller coaster ride of a regular season with a pivotal home matchup in Big 12 play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This was a game that Texas basketball needed to win since Oklahoma State is a drowning team in the Big 12 standings. But, Oklahoma State did get the best of them in the first meeting between these two squads.
However, Texas basketball was off to a good winning streak in Big 12 play until it fell short at home last week in a difficult game against the Kansas State Wildcats. Oklahoma State afforded Texas basketball the opportunity to get back on track with a win that could put them back in the winning category among teams in the Big 12 standings.
Texas basketball enters this matchup with Oklahoma State with a record of 14-11 (6-6 Big 12). A loss to Oklahoma State would put the Horns in a position where the NCAA Tournament seeding could put them on the bubble just a few weeks shy of Selection Sunday. At this point, a nine or 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament seems fitting for this team.
Yet, Texas basketball did what exactly what it needed to do at the Frank Erwin Events Center on the Forty Acres on Feb. 16 to get the job done. A double-digit home victory that avenged the loss earlier in the season to the Pokes brought the Horns back to a winning record in Big 12 play this year.
Here’s a look at the five biggest takeaways from the home win for the Texas Longhorns this weekend over the Oklahoma State Cowboys by the final score of 69-57.