For what felt like the 29th time in 29 games this season, Texas competed, kept it close and – ultimately – doomed themselves as their own worst enemy in a home loss to Kansas that looks fine enough in the box score but is underlined by a roster that struggles so much with simple **** that you question how they progress from here.
Texas, well past the hope for a season changing win, now looks for a program defining one. Can they beat a Kansas squad looking for their own program defining season?
You don’t go through a 10-18 season like the Longhorns Basketball program is currently mired in without showing some bruises along the way.
Shaka Smart, brought to Texas because of his ability to relate to the young men under his tutelage, was considered a slam dunk hire when he came to Austin. And a slam dunk hire he still may be.
A couple of years ago, I was teaching the final chapter of John Steinbeck’s timeless classic Of Mice and Men to a class of sophomores.
If you’ve read the book, you know that Lennie (having just “accidentally” killed Curley’s wife) was on the run, knowing he’d “done a bad thing” and raced to George and Lennie’s favorite spot – a peaceful little clearing next to a river.
A reeling Texas squad limps into Morgantown with blood in the air for a West Virginia team who can ill afford a loss to a team the likes of Texas at this point in the season.
Guy V. Lewis sat at his desk and crammed his old hand into a cooler of ice, fishing out a frigid can of beer, wiping off the residue and cracking open his post-game elixir with the obligatory “ker-SHUSH.”
There was a basketball game in Austin and the Longhorns lost it.
The Longhorns…again…look to pick themselves up…again…after a tough road loss…again…as they host Kansas State in Austin with dreams of righting the ship before the Big 12 tourney…again.
Young players deserve the chance to grow. They deserve the chance to go through their growing pains and figure things out.
But, seriously, Texas. What the ****?
Welp…here we go. If Texas is to win a game away from Austin this season, this appears to be the most likely as the Sooners (losers of seven in a row and 14 of their last 16) host the Longhorns tonight in Norman in their first game without recently injured point guard Jordan Woodard.