The Big 12 is the most difficult conference in college basketball and that is going to result in multiple teams going to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. One of these teams is the Texas Longhorns, who have wins over the North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas State Wildcats and Baylor Bears. The only team that swept them in conference play was the Oklahoma Sooners. However, in their last Big 12 game of the regular season, the Longhorns fell to the next to last place Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Longhorns just couldn’t get very much production offensively. Cameron Ridley was the only starter to score more than seven points, and Texas Tech’s Jave Crockett had 22 by himself. Texas looked really bad in the second half, and Isaiah Thomas was just 1 – 10 from the field for the game. The Longhorns’ flat performance resulted in a 59 – 53 loss.
Texas has to be worried moving forward. After one of the most impressive January and early February of any team in college basketball, they have dropped a lot of their final stretch of games. This does not bode well for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which starts in just a few weeks.
The Longhorns have the capability to go deep into the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but, as the rest of the Big 12 seems to be getting better the closer to March Madness it gets, Texas seems to be getting worse. Hopefully, Texas can step it up in the Big 12 Tournament, because at the moment they look like they might not make it out of the first round against West Virginia.