The conference that has been one of the bigger surprises in college basketball this season has been the Big XII, which has proven itself to be among the best in all of the NCAA. And in the Big XII, there certainly hasn’t been a team who has exceeded expectations more than the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team who are currently 2nd in the conference at a record of 20 - 10.
The Longhorns have been ranked as high as #15 this season, but currently are on the outside looking in at the AP Top 25 at as the team received the most votes for a team not crack the rankings. Texas is headed by Rick Barnes who has been at the institution for 15 years now and has brought his team to the NCAA Tournament every year besides the 2012-2013 season. While tournament success has been difficult to come by except for a few runs deep in to the tournament, the Longhorns are typically a mainstay in the top-15 of the rankings. But this year, expectations were much lower, so their 20 win record has many UT fans content.
Nevertheless, the men’s Longhorn basketball team has had a rough stretch recently, dropping three of their last four games; all of which coming against ranked teams: #17 Iowa State, #5 Kansas and #23 Oklahoma respectively. Texas only has two games left this season, the first of which is tonight against a dismal Texas Christian University team that has yet to win a Big XII Conference game this season, going a dreadful 0-16 thus far. After tonight, the Longhorns travel to Lubbock to finish up the season against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas Longhorns basketball tickets for these two games are currently averaging $29 and $47 on the secondary market respectively.
The Longhorn’s will look to Jonathan Holmes to continue his fantastic play as he is averaging over 13 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. If he can lead the team to victory in these last two games before the Big XII Conference Tournament begins next Wednesday, there’s a great chance for Texas to make a deep run in both of this year’s postseason tourneys.