1. Texas is in a bad place heading into a difficult stretch
The upcoming stretch for Texas basketball to round out non-conference play is nothing short of daunting. That’s what made grabbing wins over Radford and VCU so important coming off the expected loss to Michigan State in the Las Vegas Invitational. Texas needed to add some good wins to its resume for the NCAA Tournament.
Texas is back in action again on Dec. 9 at the Frank Erwin Center, as it hosts a talented major-conference opponent in the Purdue Boilermakers. Both Texas and Purdue will carry the same record into this matchup on the Forty Acres, but the way each team got to this point was much different.
Purdue’s three losses all came to ranked opponents by slight margins, outside of the one to the Michigan Wolverines on Dec. 1. Michigan took down the Boilermakers by the final score of 76-57. The other two losses for Purdue came against the No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies and No. 15 Florida State Seminoles by a combined seven-point margin.
The other opponents that the Horns have to deal with before Big 12 play starts includes Grand Canyon, Providence, and Texas-Arlington. Grand Canyon and UTA should provide easier victories, but Providence isn’t going to be easy. There’s a good chance that the Horns could head into Big 12 play with five losses with the way the team looks coming off the VCU loss.