Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from finale win over OU

A season-high in points for Tyrese Hunter led Texas basketball to another double-digit win over Oklahoma to close out the regular season on March 9.
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Dud: Max Abmas, G

Coming off a spectacular performance in Texas's 93-85 loss to Baylor earlier this week, where he scored a season-high 33 points, senior guard Max Abmas fell into a slump on the offensive end in this game against the Sooners. Oklahoma's perimeter defense and frequent double-teams clearly bothered Abmas early and often.

We also saw some rare avoidable turnovers from Abmas when the game was still close between the Longhorns and Sooners in the first half. For most of this game, Abmas had just as many or more turnovers than field goals made.

The biggest factor that led to this off day for Abmas was his inability to get going from the mid-range or beyond the arc. Outside of garbage time statistics, Abmas shot below 35 percent from the field and missed on every three-point attempt he took.

The good news was that junior guard Tyrese Hunter picked up the pace for Texas's backcourt. Terry's squad didn't need Abmas to provide his usual-second half heorics in a big game in the Big 12. Hunter was on fire shooting from the field and from beyond the arc throughout the entire game.

While this was a tough afternoon for Abmas until late in the second half (mostly in garbage time), I'm not concerned in the slightest about the direction his game is trending entering the Big 12 Tournament. Abmas is one of the best scorers we've seen on the Forty Acres in the last couple of decades.

He'll find a way to get back to his usual clutch scoring ways for Texas entering the postseason next week.