With both Myck Kabongo and J'Covan struggling to create shots, Texas' offense crawled to a standstill in the first half of their must-win Big 12 Tournament game against Iowa State.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, the Cyclones have been nearly as inept offensively and are up only 28-25 after 20 minutes of action.
The Cyclones stifling perimeter defense has forced Texas into taking contested jumpers at the end of the shot clock, as the Longhorns have shot only 26% from the floor in the first half.
The big difference in the game has been the 11 points from Iowa State's bench. With Wangmene out, Texas has gone to a seven-man rotation and the strain of chasing the Cyclones three-point shooters around the perimeter has clearly worn on their legs. The Longhorns had a number of shots die at the front of their rim.
In the second half, Texas will need Brown and Kabongo to draw fouls attacking the rim, as the free-throw line could be their biggest friend.