A season is now cancelled for the Texas basketball program just when it was about to get good, and questions will remain for a few players on this team.
Pretty much every sport that has global significance at the moment is either cancelled or put on hiatus for the time being. The scare from the novel coronavirus put sports on a hiatus domestically, from college basketball and various high school sports all the way up to the NBA and NHL. And the Texas basketball program is obviously intertwined in this whole ordeal.
Texas was set to take part in the Big 12 Tournament before the festivities were cancelled after just two games. The bottom four seeds were all that got to play in the Big 12 Tournament before everything was shut down around the college hoops landscape. Texas was the four seed in the conference tournament, supposed to be taking on the five seed Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The cancellation of all of the conference tournaments around college basketball set off a ticking time bomb for the announcement of the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. The Big Dance likely won’t happen this year, which makes it difficult to see the bigger picture from that big run that head coach Shaka Smart made before season’s end.
Smart and his Texas team won five of their final six games of the regular season. But that went all for naught since Texas wasn’t able to get just their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years and help rid Smart of the hot seat he had for the past year or two to a mixed degree.
Here’s a look into the three thoughts for the Texas Longhorns basketball program given the halt in the 2019-20 season due to the novel coronavirus precautions.