Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from crucial win vs. TCU

Texas basketball reeled in its third road win in the Big 12 this season with an upset double-digit victory over No. 25 TCU in Fort Worth this weekend.
Max Abmas, Texas basketball
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Max Abmas, Texas basketball
Max Abmas, Texas basketball / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Stud: Max Abmas, G

The clutch award for this game against TCU goes to Abmas. He provided the Longhorns exactly what they needed and more to close out this win over TCU in impressive fashion.

Abmas absolutely caught fire down the stretch in this game, scoring a game-high 19 second-half points after he registered just two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field in the first half. Over half of Abmas's 19 second-half points were scored in the final five minutes.

He couldn't be stopped, no matter where he pulled up from beyond the arc in clutch time. Abmas was unconscious late in this game, even knocking down one three-pointer from the TCU logo in the final minutes of the second half.

Abmas was also clutch from the free-throw line late in the second half. He buried all seven of his free-throw attempts against TCU, five of which came in the final four minutes.

What really stood out to me about Abmas's clutch-time performance in this win over TCU, beyond the amazing scoring stretch late, was his impact on the defensive end. Abmas registered two steals in this game, including an important one late that resulted in three points on an And-1 layup for the senior guard on the other end.

That steal and And-1 layup by Abmas gave the Longhorns a three-point lead late in the second half and helped to kickoff that big run to close out the game.

Abmas has been the answer for the Longhorns in clutch situations this season. He's nailed two-game winning jump shots and has led the Longhorns to a handful of other late wins.

After his two clutch-time three-pointers against TCU, Abmas now leads all Big 12 players in clutch three-point field goals this season.

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