Texas tried to three-point shoot themselves to an insurmountable lead over Iowa State early in the first half. Its lack of success led to a 10 point deficit the Longhorns would eventually come back from to make it a three point game at the half.
After Texas figured things out in the first two minutes of the second half, Iowa State figured things out in turn. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth slugfest that Texas ended up winning, with freshman Matt Coleman’s mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining serving as the final blow. Seventh-seed Texas defeated the tenth-seed Cyclones in Kansas City, a.k.a. “Hilton South,” 68-64 to move on to the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Texas plays its opening round game of the Big 12 Tournament tonight against Iowa State, a team they beat in both matchups this year. It sounds like the message coming out of KC is that Mohamed Bamba likely is not available for the game tonight and his status going forward in KC is also up in the air.
Despite the loss of Mo Bamba, Matt Coleman foul trouble, no Andrew Jones or Eric Davis, and failing to finish in regulation, the Longhorns upset No. 20 West Virginia at the Drum on Saturday.
And now they’re probably Big Dance bound.
Statement from University of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones:
Story on Yahoo claims documents found during FBI investigation that Texas G Eric Davis Jr. received $1,500 from ASM Sports.
What an incredibly frustrating game.
AUSTIN — In a recent media availability, freshman guard Jase Febres joked that the Longhorns probably lead the entire NCAA in meetings. On Monday, they added another one, though it was likely one of the more contentious get-togethers of the entire season.
Texas struggled out of the gate in the first half, but was able to play the Baylor Bears even in the last nine minutes of the half to make it just a one possession game after the first 20 minutes. Texas again struggled out of the gate in the second half, but was able to play Baylor even in the last five minutes of the game to tie it at the end of regulation.
Last season, Texas’ home loss to TCU on January 11 dropped the Longhorns to 7-9 overall, and (in my opinion) guaranteed there was no chance the Longhorns would return to the NCAA Tournament in Shaka Smart’s second year. While the record is improved this year, Saturday’s 87-71 loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth might have done the same thing in year three.
On the surface, it appeared the reason the Texas Longhorns dropped a Big 12 home game to the Kansas State Wildcats was because freshman Matt Coleman’s lob attempt to fellow freshman Mohamed Bamba was swatted away before it reached the Harlem big man. Diving deeper, it wasn’t just one play. It was 40 minutes of a team that played uninspired after one of its most inspired and energetic performances of the season.