Texas Basketball: 3 big overreactions after loss to K-State

Texas basketball blew its third second-half double-digit lead of the season in the Big 12 on March 13 in a loss in the conference tourney to Kansas State by four points.

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Rodney Terry needs at least one win in the Big Dance to avoid the hot seat conversation

Texas has been on a roller coaster ride in the Big 12 play during Terry's first year as the head coach. The Longhorns had big moments in conference play this season, including beating the No. 9 Baylor Bears at home, sweeping the Oklahoma Sooners, and handily defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders by double digits in Lubbock.

But there were also low points during the regular season, including losing by 15+ points in completely non-competitive games against the No. 3 Houston Cougars, No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks, No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles, and No. 5 UConn Huskies.

While it's clear that Texas isn't the same team they were when Terry was the interim head coach last season, there is something that just isn't clicking fully for them in the Big 12 this year. Texas has looked completely dispirited at times in otherwise winnable games.

One vivid example of this is the number of second-half double-digit leads the Longhorns have blown in Big 12 play this year. The loss to Kansas State on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament is not the only example of Texas blowing a big lead in the second half in a crucial contest.

Texas also had double-digit second-half leads that it coughed up to Big 12 foes in losses to the UCF Knights and Baylor on the road in conference play.

So much is on the line for Terry and the Longhorns entering the NCAA Tournament. If Texas wins a couple of games in the NCAA Tournament, that could make the difference between Terry potentially coming away from his first year as the full-time head coach as a success and entering next season with question marks on his job status.

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