Texas-Oklahoma St. Preview
Texas coach Shaka Smart pointed to his team's lack of humility as one reason for a lopsided defeat earlier this week. Isaiah Taylor's nagging injury certainly didn't help either.
The No. 23 Longhorns hope to have their leading scorer available for Friday night's regular-season finale against short-handed Oklahoma State.
Texas (19-11, 10-7 Big 12) knocked off then-No. 3 Oklahoma last weekend, and Smart felt his team let that upset go to its head before an 86-56 rout by No. 1 Kansas on Monday.
"We beat Oklahoma and because of human nature, there was a lack of humility that impacted us," Smart said. "With a majority of teams, there has to be a humility level that we have to do the things that go into winning that we control. If we don't do those things, we are drastically reducing our chances of winning."
Taylor missed nine of his 10 shots and finished with five points while being plagued by plantar fasciitis. Smart said the junior guard, averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 assists, was in a walking boot from Sunday until just before game time.
Smart said Taylor was feeling better Tuesday and would be "amazed" if he sat out the visit to Oklahoma State (12-18, 3-14).
"It's one of those things you could sideline him for a month and it would get better. But obviously we don't have the luxury of doing that, and he doesn't want to do that," Smart said. "It's a painful injury. It's one of those things that you kind of have to grit your teeth.
"He's a tough kid, but you're talking about someone whose game is based on explosiveness and quick movement."
If he plays, Taylor will try to help the Longhorns end a four-game losing streak at Oklahoma State. He's scored 18 points in each of his last two matchups with the Cowboys, but both were in Austin. He's averaged 10.5 points and 27.3 percent shooting in his two games in Stillwater.
A 74-69 home victory Jan. 16 was just Texas' second in the past eight overall meetings. The then-No. 10 Longhorns lost 69-58 in their most recent visit to Oklahoma State on Jan. 10, 2015.
The Cowboys have dropped 12 of their last 13 against Top 25 teams, earning the win against then-No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 19. They've also dropped six of seven home games against ranked opponents.
Oklahoma State has played four Top 25 teams in its season-high five-game skid and fell 58-50 at No. 21 Iowa State on Monday. No Cowboys player scored in double figures in a 31.7-percent shooting night, which included a 4-for-27 effort from 3-point range.
Oklahoma State is guaranteed to finish ninth in the 10-team league but sophomore swingman Tavarius Shine isn't ready to mail it in. He'll have to shake off a shoulder injury suffered against Iowa State, but indicated that ailment wasn't too serious.
"We're going to come out and give it our best (against Texas)," Shine said. "It's Senior Night so I'm going to do it for all my seniors. It's been a tough stretch for us but we've just got to keep pushing."
Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans and Phil Forte III are out for the season. The statuses of Jeffrey Carroll (illness) and Leyton Hammonds (finger/ankle) are uncertain after they missed Monday's game.
Hammonds scored 18 points Jan. 16, four shy of matching his career high.