AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Computer billionaire Michael Dell came to watch the kid whose game looks like a million bucks.
Like everyone else, he left impressed.
Texas freshman Kevin Durant turned in his usual stellar game with 28 points and 13 rebounds, helping the 25th-ranked Longhorns cruise to an 80-69 win Saturday over Big 12 rival Oklahoma.
“He’s phenomenal,” said Dell, whose Dell Inc. empire started when he was building computers in his dorm room as a Texas freshman. “Not that I’m the expert at these sorts of things, but he’s great.”
Not to worry. Even the experts are left shaking their heads at the things Durant has done so far in the Big 12. The league’s leading scorer and rebounder is averaging 33 points in Texas’ first three conference games.
“Anyway you can possibly think of, he can score,” said first-year Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel. “He makes it look effortless. He doesn’t sweat.”
Durant can blame Texas coach Rich Barnes for missing his third straight 30-point game. Barnes took him out with more than 4 1/2 minutes to play and Texas leading 79-52.
A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (13-3, 3-0), hitting five 3-pointers. Texas has hit 34 from long range in its first three Big 12 games.
Nate Carter scored 18 to lead Oklahoma (9-6, 1-2), which has lost three of four.
The Sooners played without center Longar Longar, their leading scorer and rebounder, after he was suspended Friday for two games for throwing an elbow that caused a serious injury to a Texas Tech player earlier in the week.
“It hurt not having him,” Capel said. “He’s our best inside presence.”
The Sooners could have used something to try to stop Durant, who likely would have gone to the NBA straight out of high school if the league hadn’t imposed an age minimum.
And like Dell, who dropped out of Texas as his company expanded, Durant is widely expected to leave after this season.
It’s easy to see why.
Like just about everyone else the Longhorns have played, Oklahoma could only watch as Durant hit from inside and outside, snatched rebounds and made a pair of steals. He shot 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws.
Texas dismantled one of the Big 12’s stingiest defenses from the start, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots. Durant banked in a 3-pointer, then had consecutive rim-rattling dunks, the second coming from a no-look, backward pass from point guard D.J. Augustin.
Then it seemed like everyone’s turn to feed Durant for baskets when Abrams whipped the ball to him from about 20 feet for an easy layup.
About the only thing Durant could do wrong was get a technical foul after jawing with the Sooners’ Bobby Maze after Maze fouled him after Durant stole the ball and was headed for the basket. Durant already had 18 points when Barnes took him out of the game for two minutes with Texas leading 30-17.
“He fouled me kind of hard and it hurt,” Durant said. “That’s all I said.”
With Durant on the bench, three straight Texas turnovers helped the Sooners cut the lead to 34-26 before Abrams hit consecutive baskets for the Longhorns. Durant returned and his putback helped Texas take a 43-33 into halftime.
Abrams and Justin Mason hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half. Durant grabbed five rebounds in the first four minutes and hit two tough layups, the second on a three-point play that pushed Texas’ lead to 55-35.
When Abrams hit his fourth 3-pointer, Texas led 65-38 with 13 minutes to play.
“I think there’s a good balance of inside and outside. We’re going to try to get (Durant) a post presence and I think we’ve got some better shooters this year,” Abrams said. “Don’t tell the guys from last year.”
The Longhorns next go on a three-game road swing starting Tuesday night at No. 9 Oklahoma State.