4. Defending the three-ball can be an issue sometimes
There were a few times this season that defending the three-ball, or the lack of ability to do so, did or nearly came back to bite Texas basketball on the score board. The loss that sticks out above all others this season for the Horns came when the Georgia Bulldogs couldn’t miss and upended them at the Frank Erwin Center last month in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
However, this meeting with Oklahoma State for the second and final time in this regular season had a weird theme of the three-ball keeping them in the game. Oklahoma State couldn’t make much of anything from beyond the arc outside of one player.
Junior Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa is hitting his shots from beyond the arc at an extreme mark this season. He’s averaging well over three made three-pointers per game on seven attempts. This game was no exception to his standout three-point shooting ability where he hit 7-of-11 attempts from three-point range.
In total, Oklahoma State shot 8-of-23 from beyond the arc and couldn’t get much going. But, Dziagwa was what kept his team in the game on the scoreboard down the stretch in the second half. If not for him, the Horns wouldn’t have to worry about pulling away from Oklahoma State late in the game.