Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from messy win vs. K-State

A low-scoring affair from Texas basketball and Kansas State saw the Longhorns come out with a hard-fought six-point win at the Moody Center on Feb. 19.
Dillon Mitchell, Texas basketball
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Dillon Mitchell, Texas basketball
Dillon Mitchell, Texas basketball / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Stud: Dillon Mitchell, F

For much of this game, the only consistent signs of life offensively for the Longhorns were Disu and sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell. Disu led the team in scoring in this win over Kansas State.

Mitchell led the Longhorns in many other areas of the stat sheet in this game against the Wildcats. He registered a team-high 10 rebounds and two blocks as he came very close to his ninth double-double of the season. But Mitchell fell just short of that mark with eight points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and 0-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Many of the contributions Mitchell made for the Longhorns in this win over Kansas State were things we've known him to do at a high level, including throwing down rim-shattering dunks and flying high for big rebounds. But he also played steady and disruptive defense while giving Texas enough offensive scoring support to get this tough win.

This was a game that Texas needed to win the battle on the boards. And if not for Mitchell's nine defensive rebounds and one offensive board, the Longhorns likely would've lost the rebounding edge to the Wildcats.

Instead, Mitchell helped the Longhorns win the battle on the glass for the first time since the Feb. 3 win over TCU against one of the lengthier forward/frontcourt units in the Big 12 in Kansas State.

I would also be remiss if I didn't give Mitchell his flowers for his efforts on the defensive end of the floor in this game. Mitchell was disruptive all night for this Kansas State offense that struggled to get any sort of rhythm going from the field. His two steals and two blocks were a big reason why the Longhorns held the Wildcats under 55 points.

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