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Men’s basketball’s late burst proves too much for No. 3 Oklahoma

The Texas men's basketball team rode a 22-0 run in the second half to rally for a TKTK win over No. 3 Oklahoma at the Frank Erwin Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

The Texas men's basketball team rode a 22-0 run in the second half to rally for a 76-63 win over No. 3 Oklahoma at the Frank Erwin Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — A couple of storylines were known before the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners played Saturday before a capacity crowd at the Frank Erwin Center.

Texas will not win the Big 12 Conference regular season championship — that already was clinched by Kansas, for the 12th straight season. In addition, the Longhorns don’t have the nation’s best player — that award very well could go to Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield.

But Texas might be the Big 12 team that’s playing the best at the right time and certainly is a squad no one wants to play in the postseason, as evidenced by the 25th-ranked Longhorns’ 76-63 win over No. 3 Oklahoma.

The Longhorns got 18 points from

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .