Seven ejections and five extra minutes later, Texas emerged from the Erwin Center Monday night with at least a detectable NCAA Tournament heartbeat, nipping the Baylor Bears 61-59 in overtime.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor we’ll begin things with our weekly assessment of winter strength and conditioning. As always we have this last week’s outstanding performers from basically all of the position groups. We’ll also talk about who may be on the attrition bubble and why, along with a short list of players who have made their way in Dante’s 10th Circle of Hell, aka, Pat Moorer’s proverbial Pit.
My colleague Justin Wells called it methodical.
I would also call it purposeful.
During his first spring at Ohio State, Urban Meyer asked his team, “Did you get better today?” He went on to charge them, “If you did not give every thing you had to day, you wasted a day. We don’t have any days to waste.”
While the 2015 class is signed, sealed, and soon to be delivered to campus to find work in Texas’ offseason program, it’s time for the 2014 class to start contributing on the field for the Longhorns.
After losing the past four contests by an average of 4.5 points per game, the Texas Longhorns (17-12, 6-10) look to connect an actual victory to a good game when they seek redemption against the Baylor Bears (22-7, 11-5) after being embarrassed at the Ferrell Center in late January.
If some were worried about the strength of Shane Buechele’s commitment, let his appearance at Saturday’s Junior Day be a leading indicator that he’s solid. Driving conditions were treacherous from Buechele’s native Arlington to his future home in Austin, but despite hours of traffic delaying his arrival he still made the trip.
The Lamar quarterback didn’t make the trip to see Texas; he’s been there and done that. He wouldn’t have committed to Texas if he still had questions about the school or program. He made the trip to lay the foundation for relationships that could end in new Longhorn commitments; future teammates.
If you were expecting a flurry of commitments on Saturday, adjust your expectations. What you should expect actually happened. After yesterday’s tumultuous weather of freezing temperatures and rain, the players that actually did show up proved one thing; they really like Texas.
Texas played one of their better games of the season in a valiant effort in Allen Fieldhouse. Just not good enough.
The Longhorns got very good games from Taylor, Yancy, Holland and Ibeh (and a nice one from Turner). Just not good enough.
A reeling Texas (17-11, 6-9) team gets the unenviable task of heading into Allen Fieldhouse for the first game after the Jayhawks were upset at rival KState. The students rushed the court that night in Manhattan, sparking a nationwide debate when a KSU fan physically bumped into a KU player.
UT holds its first, and maybe only, Junior Day for 2015. Eric and I will be updating throughout the day. There are also a handful from this week’s Recruiting Notebook in attendance. Come join us.