AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns will try to start a winning streak Wednesday night when they take the floor at Oklahoma State.
Texas earned their first win of conference play against Kansas State this past Saturday in Austin with a 64-50 win. The defensive end of the floor is where the Longhorns shined, holding the Wildcats to 37% shooting from the field and scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half.
“Defense has to be our identity, our anchor,” said Texas head coach Shaka Smart. “You look around this league, all of the best teams have that in common, when you look around the country.”
Texas had been soul searching before the game against the Wildcats after suffering two tough losses to Baylor and Oklahoma respectively at the beginning of conference play.
“What I saw in practice, to sum it into one word is humility,” Smart added. “It’s something typically that you work at and try to promote to guys on the front end, but sometimes it does take a challenging outcome and challenging results to create that.”
The Longhorns do believe that they may be ready to turn a corner, and that those struggles in the first two games could be behind them.
“Guys have to understand there’s really no way for us to do what we want to do other than following this process,” Smart said.
It will be a challenge for Texas to play in Stillwater though, as the Longhorns haven’t won at Gallagher-Iba Arena since Shaka Smart’s first season at Texas in 2016. The Cowboys shot 42% from 3-point range in the 61-58 loss last January.
Texas will face Oklahoma St. Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Longhorns are 3-3- this season in road/neutral games.