The Texas Longhorns are rolling in their Sweet 16 matchup against Xavier. The Longhorns’ defense is in full effect, and nearly every shot they’ve put up looks like it’s going in. And to close out the first half forward, Timmy Allen put an exclamation point on the period with this half court heave.
After Xavier’s Souley Boum missed on a jumper that would’ve dropped the Musketeers’ deficit to 12, Allen brought down the defensive rebound. The Longhorns forward took a few dribbles and fired off the shot just behind the half court line. Fortunately for Allan and Texas, the bank was open late. The shot bounced off the backboard and in to extend the Longhorns’ lead to 17 at the half, 42-25.
Allen’s half court bank shot can be seen in the video below.
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The Longhorns kept their foot on the gas in their second half and foiled Xavier’s attempt at making a run. That was, in large part, thanks to Texas getting contributions from almost everyone who touched the floor. Of their starters, Marcus Carr (18), Tyrese Hunter (19), and Allen (11) combined for 48 points, with each one scoring in the double digits. Off the bench, Christian Bishop (18) and Sir’Jabari Rice (16) tacked on 34 points as well. And the Longhorns did all this without one of their top players Dylan Disu.
Disu went down early in the first half with a lower leg injury and went to the locker room for further evaluation. According to Chip Brown of Horns247, the Longhorns leading rebounded on the season suffered a bone bruise against Penn State in the Round of 32, back on March 18. He was getting treatment for the injury but reinjured it in practice on Thursday before attempting to give it a go against Xavier. Disu would reappear on the bench wearing a walking boot on his left foot, effectively ending his night.
Up next for the Longhorns is an Elite 8 matchup with the Miami Hurricanes. The Midwest Regions No. 2-seed Texas and No. 5-seed Miami will play on Saturday, March 26. That game is scheduled for a 5:05 p.m. CT tip-off and can be watched live on CBS.