Texas’ season-finale Saturday against Kansas State is another de facto play-in game for the NCAA Tournament. How did things unravel for a team ranked among the Top 10 during pre-conference play but is now fighting for its post-season life? Coach Rick Barnes has a general idea of what went wrong, even if he has no idea what to expect from his squad on Senior Day.
For the second consecutive game, Texas had its team leader and best player, Isaiah Taylor, on the foul line with a chance to win the game. Against OSU, Taylor missed the front end of a one-and-one with three seconds remaining. Against KSU, Taylor missed both free throws when Texas was up two with 27 seconds left.
It doesn’t get much colder than the two teams playing Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kansas. After a subpar nonconference season, Kansas State flew out of the Big 12 gates en route to a 4-1 beginning in league play only to drop four of their next five games to stroll into this contest at 5-5 in the conference. Texas, for its part, has dropped four in a row and six of its last eight.
This Texas team clearly has a huge upside on both offense and defense, the struggle is in putting together a complete, clean game in which everything comes together. The trap can be for a team to achieve a pinnacle once, and then assume that’s the new baseline.
Vance Bedford has to have a little bit of the movie character 'Carrie' in him these days, befitting the Halloween season. After last week's 48-45 win against Iowa State, the Texas defensive coordinator said Wednesday that his players saw a little bit of the good - and the bad - side of his personality over the weekend.