Mar 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes reacts to play during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Baylor won 86 - 69. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Faces Arizona State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament

The 11-2 start to this year’s season for the Texas Longhorns seemed to hint at an NCAA tournament birth, although the confidence that the team would make it really wasn’t there.

With freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor and the emergence of Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes, it seems as if Rick Barnes has hopped off the hot seat and has earned himself a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Texas has made the NCAA tournament each year Barnes has been the coach, besides last year. And people still doubt him.

He’s made the tournament now 14 straight years, and in those appearances he’s made a final four, two elite eight’s and a sweet sixteen.

But no, Barnes has underachieved.

In reality, Barnes shouldn’t even be considered for the hot seat. He’s a winner, he recruits players (such as Kevin Durant, Myck Kabongo, and T.J. Ford), and he doesn’t need too much power.

And even though this year the Longhorns have bounced in and out of the polls, they have been granted a tournament birth, which is everything that the Texas fan should have asked for.

Texas was seeded a 7 and will play in the Midwest region. Of course. This is the toughest region on paper, and it only sets up for more criticism.

The Longhorns will face Arizona State (a 10 seed) and you’ll get to see a spectacular point guard matchup in Isaiah Taylor vs. Arizona State’s Jahii Carson.

Arizona State is a team that has been up and down all year, but with wins agains teams such as Arizona, they really have the ability to make a run. Led by Carson, the Sun Devils have the ability to really stretch the defense with their 3 point shooting, so that is something the Longhorns must watch.

This game will take place on CBS tomorrow at 9:40 E.T. so make sure to tune in to see if the Longhorns can advance to the third round to take on the Michigan Wolverines.

And win or lose, remember what Rick Barnes has done, and save your blame for someone else.

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