AUSTIN (KXAN) — It looked like another close loss for the Longhorns, but a bad first half in Norman ultimately did Texas in against rival Oklahoma.
In games decided by six points or less, Texas is just 4-9 after the 69-67 loss to the Sooners on Saturday.
At times, Texas looked lost on offense in the first half hitting just 9-of-27 shots, and it reflected on the defensive side of the court, as well. The Longhorns trailed by 14 points at the break.
Texas did a great job of playing catch-up in the second half. Matt Coleman had a chance to pull off an improbable Longhorns win until his three-point attempt in the closing seconds was blocked by an OU defender.
While it looks like another close loss, Texas really lacked the consistency over 40 minutes needed to win on the road in the Big 12.
Senior guard Kerwin Roach was suspended by the school Friday for a violation of team rules. Texas head coach Shaka Smart isn’t sure when Roach will return, but it is possible Roach returns this season.
The absence of Roach, the team’s leading scorer, is a massive blow for a team that doesn’t have a lot of depth. In the postgame news conference, Smart wasn’t willing to use his team’s lack of depth as an excuse.
At 15-12, the Longhorns are somehow still in the NCAA Tournament projections, but they need to win at least two of their final four Big 12 games. Texas is on the road against Baylor on Wednesday and then hosts Iowa State on Saturday.