AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorns senior forward Dylan Disu finished the regular season averaging 7.6 points per game, but once the postseason hit, he turned into a bucket machine and is a big reason the team is in the Sweet 16.
After three outstanding games in the Big 12 Conference Tournament to lead the Longhorns to the championship, he was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player with 44 points, 25 rebounds and a 74% field goal percentage. He wasn’t finished, though.
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He helped the Longhorns past Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and then exploded for a season-high 28 points on 14-of-20 shooting with 10 rebounds against Penn State in a second round 71-66 win.
Disu, a Pflugerville native and Hendrickson High School graduate, is a humble contender, having come home from Vanderbilt before last season. He suffered a knee injury towards the end of his time with the Commodores, and it took him a while to get back into the swing of things. It seems that he did just that.
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“I’m feeling really confident right now,” Disu said after the Penn State game. “I think it comes from the encouragement of Coach Terry and my teammates. They’re telling me to keep doing what I’ve been doing for a couple weeks and they believe in me.
He dumped 24 points on Feb. 25 against Baylor on a night of 10-for-15 shooting, and this is the only other game in which he hit double-digit field goals. But for him to do so at a point where the guards weren’t shooting well against a big Nittany Lions team, and their March Madness lives in the balance, was arguably Disu’s best game as a Longhorn.
Disu and the Longhorns play third seed Xavier Friday at 8:45 pm at the Sweet 16 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.