In a normal timeline we’d be four days away from the start of spring ball and writing a robust team portion. Those of you still in your sleepwear, or being out-numbered by your kids who are home from school, know quite well, we’re not in our normal timeline.
With the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season is over. Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns were set to duel Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in what would likely have served as a de facto play-in game to make the field of 68 until the Big 12 pulled them off the floor, and sports as a whole came to a halt.
For the 2019-20 season, Texas shot 35 percent from three. Over the five games the Longhorns won leading up to Oklahoma State, UT shot 43.6 percent from behind the arc. Against the Cowboys on Saturday, Texas missed 24 of its 29 three-point attempts.
An 81-52 loss at Iowa State on February 15 appeared to leave the Texas Longhorns’ NCAA Tournament hopes for dead. Losing to a middling team without its best player not only added another loss to Texas’ record and dropped them to 4-8 in conference, but it was also a demoralizing defeat.
AUSTIN -- Texas vice president for athletics Chris Del Conte has said that the goal of the Longhorns’ athletic department is to finish in the top 10 in every sport it sponsors. Since Del Conte started at UT in December of 2017, two of the three revenue sports produced a top 10 finish.
Texas’ chances to win versus Texas Tech and maintain its NCAA Tournament hopes came down to Matt Coleman’s performance during crunch time. But in the final round, Texas Tech’s TJ Holyfield knocked out any Horns hopes at a win.