Texas basketball came up with a huge performance late in the second half, largely thanks to the efforts of senior guard Max Abmas, to upset the No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs 77-66 in Fort Worth on Feb. 3.
The Longhorns got it done behind big outings from Abmas, senior big man Dylan Disu, and sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell. Abmas, Disu, and Mitchell all scored in double figures, which led to Texas scoring the most points they have in a Big 12 game this season.
Max Abmas's clutch-time heroics lead Texas basketball to a double-digit upset win vs. No. 25 TCU
Texas also did a fantastic job on the glass, which was a sore spot for this squad in the first half of the Big 12 slate. The Longhorns outrebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the conference this season by a margin of over a dozen.
On the offensive glass, the Longhorns showed more effort and energy against a lengthy TCU frontcourt, grabbing 14 offensive boards compared to just seven for the Horned Frogs. As a result, Texas outscored TCU in the paint 44-28 in this win in Fort Worth.
Head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns snapped a two-game losing streak with the critical 11-point win over the Horned Frogs on the road at Schollmaier Arena this weekend. It's hard to overstate how important this win is for the Longhorns to stay relevant in the Big 12 standings and to build confidence for the rest of conference play.
Heading into a stretch of conference play with two straight home games and three of their next four at the Moody Center, Texas has a chance to climb up the Big 12 standings in the next couple of weeks.
The win over TCU moves Texas to 15-7 (4-5 Big 12) on the season. TCU's three-game winning streak was snapped as the Frogs fall to 16-6 (5-4 Big 12).
Here's a look at two studs and one dud from the Longhorns' crucial 77-66 road win over No. 25 TCU on Feb. 3.
Stud: Dillon Mitchell, F
Mitchell registered his eighth double-double of the regular season with an impressive 13 point and 11 rebound performance in the win over TCU. He was a critical part of Texas outrebounding TCU by a margin of 34-21, as Mitchell was ultra-productive on the glass on both ends of the floor.
Mitchell registered a team-high in offensive (four) and defensive rebounds (seven) in this game for the Longhorns.
But rebounding wasn't the only major contribution Mitchell made for the Longhorns in the win over the Horned Frogs. He was disruptive on the defensive end, flying in transition, and knocking down some nice shots from the field and in the paint.
Two steals from Mitchell resulted in some highlight-reel dunks, including this nice windmill when Texas was going on a big run late in the first half to take a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime.
Mitchell was also confident and in a good rhythm shooting the ball from outside of the paint. He had a couple of nice buckets from the field on jump shots as he continues to shot more confidence and range as a scorer this season.
With his eighth double-double of the season, Mitchell trails only Kansas star big man Hunter Dickinson among the players with the most in the Big 12 (per Sports Reference).