Selection Sunday is tomorrow and the Longhorns and their fans should be biting their nails watching the results being broadcast about the brackets. Usually, coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns have not had to fret about making it to the Big Dance. But this year is different.
They have a 20-12 record and are just on the low end of the required RPI to feel on the safe side. This is pretty unusual for Texas basketball because they have been so dominant in the last 13 years making the NCAA tournament all 13 times. This was as promised by coach Rick Barnes who wanted to make the Longhorns a consistent NCAA tournament team. They really have only been upstaged by the greats such as Duke, Michigan State and Kansas who have appeared in more successive NCAA tournaments.
But most experts believe that the Longhorns should make it to their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament after getting a much needed victory against Royce White and the Iowa State Cyclones in Kansas City. The loss to the Kansas Jayhawks last Saturday was bitter and so was the No. 5 Missouri Tigers handing it to the Longhorns, but because of the Longhorns strength of schedule and being in probably the second best basketball conference right now, the Big 12, they should make it to the Big Dance barring any big upsets.
The Longhorns have been led this season by the impressive shooting of J’Covan Brown who had a valiant 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss to Kansas. It’s pretty tough to predict how they will do in the Big Dance and the Longhorns have had a rough season with the departure of talented underclassmen especially someone like Cory Joseph who was taken in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft and is now on assignment in the D-League.