As we inch closer to the start of Big 12 play for Texas basketball, the team is slipping at the wrong time after its latest loss, to the VCU Rams.
As it tried to break the two-game losing streak from falling short against the Michigan State Spartans and Radford Highlanders, Texas basketball had a very important non-conference matchup against the VCU Rams. VCU came into this game looking for its seventh win of the season, and continue its quest to a berth in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Mike Rhoades.
Texas basketball couldn’t really afford to stretch its two-game losing streak to three. It started off the regular season very well, undefeated through its first five games. Two of those wins in the first five games came over likely NCAA Tournament teams in the Arkansas Razorbacks and North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC should easily be in the NCAA Tournament, no lower than a five-seed.
A loss to VCU would put the Horns squarely behind the eight ball with just a few games left before the start of Big 12 play. That’s exactly what the Rams handed the Horns in this key Dec. 5 meeting at the Frank Erwin Center. VCU couldn’t have done it in much more of a heartbreaking fashion than it did too.
A loss by the final score of 54-53 was the second straight game that transpired like this for the Horns. Nothing would fall for either team in the final two minutes of the game, which was symbolic of the defensive struggle that took place on the court altogether.
Here’s a look at the five takeaways from the detrimental upset defeat for the Texas Longhorns against the VCU Rams on Dec. 5.