The NIT isn’t where Texas wants to be. Playing in the other postseason tournament is not a positive step in the program’s direction. Winning the NIT would be a small positive as it would require a five-game winning streak, but it’s not the achievement the program or the fans want.
For all of the promise and potential Texas has in its "sharpshooting" sophomore Jase Febres, he (perhaps above all other Longhorns) has typified the hot and cold nature of this basketball program under Shaka Smart. Some overall numbers...8.8 pts, 2.7 rbs, 0.4 asts, on 46/37/58 shooting. Not terrible. At all, really.
I'll write this in a 'stock up, down, or holding' manner but that isn't to slight the prospect in any way. It's not even to say I don't want them in the class. It just means I was personally too high on them previously. That's what I'm going on -- what my previous thoughts were. So, e.g., if I wasn't high on Jalen Kimber because I didn't properly credit his athleticism, I'll show him trending up based on that.
Despite all the trials and tribulations of Texas’ 2018-19 season, self-inflicted or otherwise, the Longhorns entered Saturday’s senior day with an opportunity to, at the very least, feel a lot better about its chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
Against the top team in the Big 12 ranked No. 18 in the country, Texas looked to be trading punches with Kansas State throughout the first half. The Longhorns scored 24 of its 39 first half points in the paint choosing to eschew outside shots and instead driving against the Wildcat defense.