Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from clutch win vs. Cincinnati

Dylan Disu, Texas basketball
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Dylan Disu, Texas basketball
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Stud: Dylan Disu, PF/C

Standout super senior big man Dylan Disu got his first start of the season for the Longhorns in this win over Cincy. And oh boy did he make the most of it.

While starting in place of the injured Shedrick, Disu registered a career-high 33 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field, 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Disu was sparking the offense all night long as a complete mismatch for any of Cincy's bigs.

It didn't matter if Disu was given the ball beyond the arc, setup to dribble the ball and attack the basket, or score from the mid-range, he was able to do it all at an efficient clip for the Longhorns against the Bearcats.

I must admit that I didn't see it coming that Disu would be shooting well over 50 percent from deep on nearly 20 attempts in just his first six games back from the foot injury. He's been scorching hot shooting from beyond the arc in the last couple of weeks.

Disu also contributed to Texas's winning efforts on the defensive end of the floor with a solid night on the glass. He registered a team-high six defensive rebounds, which helped the Longhorns at least keep the battle on the boards close with Cincy for some of this game.

But Disu's disruptiveness was the most important contribution he made on the defensive end. He registered a game and season-high four steals along with two blocks.

Disu played like a true All-American in just his first start of the season. He did everything the Longhorns needed from him to get this clutch win on the road over a hot Cincy team that just knocked off the No. 12 BYU Cougars on the road on Jan. 6.

Without Disu, Texas would not have delivered Cincy its first home loss of the season.

It's also noteworthy that this two-way sparkling performance from Disu was unlike any other we've seen from another major conference player this season. Per Sports Reference, Disu is the only major conference player to register at least 30 points, four steals, and two blocks in a game this season.