1. Texas can’t afford to lose anymore
The NCAA Tournament hopes for Texas basketball looked pretty good and alive following its two-game winning streak to start out Big 12 play. It’s crazy how fast things can change. Now, Texas sits in the bottom half of the Big 12 standings and could be on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament field.
There’s still a good amount of time left for the Horns to get back in the thick of the contenders for single-digit seeds in this year’s Big Dance. Selection Sunday looks to be a nerve-wracking day for the Horns whatever way you look at it, though.
Texas could really use another marquee victory to add to its resume since the win column likely won’t be as impressive as once thought. To get there, the senior leaders need to step up. Mainly, senior forward Dylan Osetkowski has to be better since he had some very opportune moments to gain a late lead against the Jayhawks that he wasn’t able to convert on.
The latest edition of ESPN’s Bracketology from Joe Lunardi had the Horns projected as an 11-seed, which is one of the lowest spots this team could get. That bracket had the Horns in a play-in game along with the Florida Gators. That was a pretty decent shift from where the Horns were in the previous bracket with the nine seed. Texas is definitely on the brink already.