Some coaches will urge their players to immediately discard a game from their minds following a bad loss. If Texas head coach Shaka Smart believes in that mantra, Monday night will certainly qualify for his team.
Following Saturday’s disappointing loss against Iowa State on senior night, head coach Karen Aston sat at the podium with a look of concern, stress and disgruntlement on her face. She didn’t need to speak for anyone to understand her discontent with her team’s inconsistent play this season.
After a two-week absence, Texas returned home, bruised and scarred from its previous battles. The Longhorns, situated on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament bracket, suffered two consecutive road heartbreakers by a combined three points.
In 35 minutes of action against Iowa State, Jase Febres recorded a career-high in points and three-point field goals with 26 points and eight threes, the most three pointers made by a Longhorn in a single game since 2009.
WACO — Texas traveled across I-35 to Waco with optimistic March Madness hopes, but arrived with a shorthanded roster. The Longhorns were bereft of all senior leadership, relying on the young guns to catapult the team back into tournament contention.
Despite playing without its two seniors in Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach II, Texas built a 19-point lead against Baylor by playing a brand of basketball it has strived for all season. But in the final 10 minutes and in overtime, the Longhorns saw it all slip away, losing 84-83 to Baylor.
Things got ugly — quickly. And this time there wasn’t an invigorating run to save Texas from a humiliating end result. By the end of Monday’s game at Baylor, the Longhorns walked off the court with a 64-35 loss.