Texas Basketball: Why it's time to panic about Rodney terry

It's time to have the discussion whether Rodney Terry was the right hire for Texas basketball after the tragic start to Big 12 play.

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Texas basketball suffered one of its worst home losses in Big 12 play in recent memory on Jan. 17 against the UCF Knights, 77-71. Texas and head coach Rodney Terry fell to 1-3 in conference play after the six-point home loss to UCF at the Moody Center on Jan. 17.

Terry and the Longhorns are off to an objectively disastrous start to conference play this season. Texas has dropped three of its first four conference games this season, all to unranked opponents. That includes two home losses by an average margin of nine points when the Longhorns were pre-game favorites in the betting lines.

Texas also dropped its Big 12 opener at home on Jan. 6 in a double-digit loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Texas basketball fans losing hope fast for Rodney Terry and Co. this season

That's not to mention Texas's slightly embarrassing road loss in Morgantown last weekend to the West Virginia Mountaineers. A West Virginia team that has dealt with all sorts of turmoil and turbulence surrounding the abrupt departure of former head coach Bob Huggins during the offseason was able to get its first win in conference play with a comeback effort against Texas on Jan. 13.

Texas lost to West Virginia despite getting huge performances from senior guard Max Abmas and senior big man Dylan Disu. Abmas and Disu combined for 50 points on better than 50 percent shooting from the field and over 50 percent from beyond the arc. Yet, Texas couldn't muster much more than a couple dozen points from the supporting cast in the eventual loss to WVU.

The bad start to conference play has put the Longhorns near the cellar of the Big 12 standings. Texas is tied with West Virginia for 12th in the Big 12 and only above the lowly Oklahoma State Cowboys, who have been defeated by an average margin of 18 points per game in their first four conference games.

Many Texas fans have already lost hope for the season after this team's bad start to conference play, especially after the loss on home court to the Knights on Jan. 17.

Here's a deeper look at the issues surfacing under Terry after the disastrous start to conference play for the Longhorns.