Rick Barnes Drops the Ball, Texas Drops the Game Against West Virginia

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There may be no better word to describe the Texas Longhorns this season than inconsistency.

A young and inexperienced squad has faced a number of difficult challenges, but to no fault but their own, they have now slipped to 8-7 on the season after dropping a winnable contest at home to West Virginia.

On the flip side, the Mountaineers hung tough and pulled out a gritty victory, their first Big 12 road victory since moving into the conference this past off-season.

As for Texas, it may become more and more evident that head coach Rick Barnes is sitting on a hot seat that is growing increasingly warmer with each passing game. Their loss to West Virginia was their second in a row and third in the past four games and the upcoming docket doesn’t get any easier.

As for tonight’s affair, some questionable decisions and routine strategies may have attributed to the Longhorns’ loss. This, should come right back on Barnes, in my opinion. A young and inexperienced team for the most part, who is continuously showing how much the loss of Myck Kabongo hurts, was allowed to simply let play when guidance was needed the most.

No better example can comes other than their final offensive possession. Trailing by two with a timeout to burn, Barnes made the decision to let his squad figure it out. The end result: a bad pass and a turnover which led to two game-sealing free throws by West Virginia. Bottom line: Why save the timeout? Barnes needs to make that call.

Credit the Mountaineers in this one for a valiant road effort, but mistakes have continuously proved costly for the Longhorns thus far. Barnes may not deserve all the blame, but in most cases it falls back on him.

Texas will look to regroup on the road at Iowa State on Saturday before having a week to prepare for Kansas on Jan. 19.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS

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