For a team that appears to be on the fringe of a NCAA Tournament selection, Texas (11–6, 2–3 Big 12) needs every win it can get, and a road loss to Oklahoma State certainly won’t help when almost every Big 12 matchup is a tough battle.
Sophomore forward Joyner Holmes and senior guard Ariel Atkins combined for 33 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and seven steals to lead the No. 7 Longhorns over Kansas on Saturday at the Erwin Center.
It was a day bigger than basketball. Nine hours earlier, Texas announced sophomore guard Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia. Two overtimes and several career performances later against No. 16 TCU, Texas escaped at the buzzer.
Early in their 75-64 win over Kansas State on Sunday, the No. 8 Longhorns' threes weren’t falling, they couldn’t find a good look inside and there weren’t many chances in transition. But then there was Lashann Higgs.