Mar 18, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Dylan Disu (1) celebrates in the last seconds of a victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
The 15-year wait ended last night in Des Moines. The Longhorns are headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. The 71-66 win over Penn State was filled with plenty of storylines. Let's take a look at some of the bigger ones that led to the Texas win.
- For the second straight game, Texas held one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country in check. The Nittany Lions were 8 for 28 from deep (28.6%), well below their season average of 38%. Texas did a great job in the first half of contesting shots and forcing Penn State into uncomfortable looks.
- Unlike the Colgate game, Texas could not find any sort of rhythm from deep. The Longhorns went 1 for 13 from beyond the arc, with Sir'Jabari Rice having the lone make. It was obvious early that Texas did not have the shooting touch they displayed Thursday, but the Longhorns did a good job adjusting and forcing more action into the paint.
- Dylan Disu had another monster game, pouring in 28 points on 14 of 20 shooting and adding 10 rebounds. The Vanderbilt transfer has been playing at another level the past few weeks and is the reason Texas won this game.
- Texas seemed to control the game throughout, but the Longhorns let things slip away from a brief moment in the second half before regrouping and putting the game on the shoulders of Disu.
- Texas did an excellent job taking care of the basketball, only turning the ball over 5 times compared to 9 turnovers for Penn State.
Texas will travel to Kansas City to face the winner of Xavier-Pitt in the Sweet 16. If the Longhorns were to be victorious, they would face either Houston or the winner of Indiana-Miami in the regional final.
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