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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Verdict

In short, there are too many concerning trends with this team under Terry's direction this season in the Big 12 to not be at least a little bit panicked as a fan. Texas has underperformed in its most critical games of the season's first half, has little to no scoring depth showing up, and is getting crushed in clutch time.

"You know, always tell our guys and I won’t stop saying it, you have to have an even keel in this game. You have to have an even keel in life. And you’ve got to continue to stay the course, you’ve got to continue to work the process, continue to get better, continue to want to get better and have a passion for it at an incredible level."

Terry essentially said he's not the type to panic in these situations when he spoke to the media after the comeback loss to UCF on Jan. 17. He's taking a patient approach to building chemistry with this team while keeping morale up in the locker room.

But it's hard to see how all these issues will be magically fixed before Texas faces four straight opponents, all ranked in the top 20 in the AP Poll, in their next few games.

If the Longhorns show up as they did in the first four games of conference play, there's a good chance they'll be 1-7 after the next four contests.

Texas is currently projected to win six games in Big 12 play by Kenpom. That leaves Texas on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament, according to most major media outlets and experts.

Given that many Texas fans have already thrown in the towel halfway into the regular season and the Longhorns rank near the bottom in so many key metrics, the warning signs are there to press the panic button on this campaign.

Making it to the NIT the year after making the deepest postseason run for the Longhorns in over a decade is the exact way for his seat to get scorching hot heading into next offseason.

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