Two-and-'cue is never a desired outcome especially for Longhorns baseball. A 3-2 loss to Kansas followed by a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma has the Longhorns leaving Oklahoma City much earlier than expected. Elimination from the Big 12 Tournament is not a positive data point, but for me it comes down to this: two games shouldn't supersede a season's body of work when it comes to hosting.
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.
Most of you, I would suspect, will not agree with what I'm about to say. If you are on this site, you probably are serious about your Longhorns, you have high expectations for UT sports teams, and you want the school to always strive to do the right thing. Which is why Augie Garrido should be allowed to finish his contract next year as the Texas baseball coach.
After the best 35 minutes of basketball Texas had played all season, a seven minute stretch without a made basket left the Longhorns just short of the signature win they’ve been chasing all season long.
Depending on where one looks, Texas is either just in the tournament or right on the bubble. Win or lose, tonight’s game will likely go a long ways towards determining whether that bubble stands strong, or whether it bursts with Rick Barnes’ time in Austin along with it.
As they hope to continue their surging end to an otherwise disappointing season, the Texas Longhorns (19-12, 8-10) begin their conference tournament bid against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-18, 3-15).